What is DroidSheep & How does it Work?

Out of the many applications that can be used as a tool for WiFi hack, one application that has really stood its ground is Droidsheep. It is as compelling a WiFi hack tool as it is an app to spy on social networks such as Instagram and Facebook. So, in a way Droidsheep is a lot more than a hack tool for WiFi passwords. It is better packed with features than similar apps such as AndroDumpper which is an app designed for WiFi security measurement. Droidsheep, on the other hand, is designed for measuring the security of various networks and examine them. Security experts can effectively use this app to find out the weak links in their networks and make them stronger in terms of security.

Having said that, Droidsheep can also act as a two-edged sword. Hackers also use this app to find the weak links and then use them to hack into WiFi networks and other instant social messengers. This article deals with the basic features of Droidsheep and how to use them effectively. Read on to learn more.

What is the Droidsheep app really about?

As mentioned earlier Droidsheep is an app that can be used for testing network security. But it can also be used to hack messengers and other WiFi networks. In fact, Droidsheep is actually widely used for this purpose by a breed of hackers. This can be done by the app by using sessions. Droidsheep application hacks the session key which is used between both sides of a connection and hence can hack into any messengers. This app can be downloaded and then installed on any Android device. But unlike any other hacking app Droidsheep requires root access for performing. Therefore, in order to use Droidsheep, you need to root your Android device first hand.

According to ChromeInfoTech.com which is a Leading Mobile app development Company, Droidsheep is one of the best apps out there which all developers should learn to use.

How to use the Droidsheep app?

Every tool using a wireless network sends info in the surrounding environment. But all the info is sent specifically to a destination or device; hence all other devices refuse to receive the info. Droidsheep doesn’t perform in this manner and is able to receive any kind of data transferred through any particular wireless network. The data is then categorized, and Droidsheep gets the session key. Then it hacks into the connection key between the two devices. So, for any vulnerable network, the app can steal its session’s keys and use them to connect to the specific website. The app can steal session key and then disguise itself as the original users and link to any site or hack into messengers. The app is designed to examine the vulnerabilities of networks, but on the flip side, it is used by hackers to hack people’s data. We put trust into people’s intent and hence hope that they sue this app to secure their networks and data instead of stealing others.

What are the prerequisites to run Droidsheep on Android?

Well, every app on Android requires your smartphone to checklist some prerequisites, and the case of Droidsheep is nothing exceptional. In order to install Droidsheep on your Android phone, you need to make sure that the following list of requirements is met and verified.

  • Arpspoof- install this from the Google play store.
  • Your Android phone must be rooted. As mentioned earlier, Droidsheep requires root access to perform so make sure that your Android phone is rooted before operating Droidsheep.
  • Libpcap must be present.

Installation of Droidsheep

Recently Droidsheep has been removed from the Play Store so in order to install it in your Android phone you have to follow the steps mentioned below.

  • Open any Internet browser.
  • Download the app from any website available.
  • Once downloaded and installed, launch the app from your smartphone.
  • A popup will appear asking for super privileges which you need to allow.

How is Droidsheep used to hijack sessions?

After launching the application, a screen will appear where you will find a two-checkbox options having,

  • ARP spoofing- Droidsheep will be made work as a router and hence intercept all the traffic in the network.
  • Generic mode- It listens to all and every cookie, irrespective if you know the site or not.

Then just click on the start button, and you will be made to wait for a few seconds after which a screen will appear displaying all the session profiles that are active. Then the victim’s session is clicked on which displays a range of options such as remove from the list, Open site, export via email, save cookies, add a host to blacklist etc. What each of these options does is stated briefly below.

  • Open site- you can access the victim’s account posing as him or her.
  • Remove from list- You can terminate and remove the session from the list.
  • Export via email- the cookie values can be sent via email
  • Add host to blacklist- the selected server can never capture cookies in the future.
  • Save cookies- The cookies can be saved for your perusal.

Other available options on Droidsheep

Other options that can be availed on Droidsheep are Debug, Clear blacklist, help and choose WiFi. Clear blacklist will clear all the blacklisted servers from the list. Any issues experienced while working on Droidsheep can be resolved by selecting the debug info from the debug option. To do that click on the menu and then on Debug to start a debug session. Click on yes to launch the session. This makes Droidsheep run in the debug mode. After the first 30 secs, you can stop debugging. Then you will be given a set of options to send as an email containing the debug info. By selecting choose WiFi, you can target a particular network. The help option is obviously for your self-help.


Droidsheep is an app that has two sides. It can be used to examine the security of networks, and on the flip side, it can be used to hack into sessions and messenger. Learn how to use it effectively and save your network from getting hacked.

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