Thwart hooking attacks on your mobile apps

Build38 provides robust protection against hooking attacks aimed at your mobile apps. We achieve this with unique in-app defense features, complemented by exclusive cloud-based security services.

Our server-side active hardening capabilities bolster mobile app defenses remotely by continuously verifying device binding information and individualizing app instances using cryptographic keys. Additionally, our three powerful threat intelligence modules enable exclusive supervised, automated, and programmable responses to hooking attacks, allowing you to address them promptly as they occur.

How hackers do it

Hackers utilize hooking to intercept and manipulate the mobile app behavior during runtime. This involves inserting malicious code or “hooks” into the app’s execution process, allowing the hacker to monitor and control various app functions, such as data transmission, user input, or authentication processes.

By hooking into the app code, hackers can silently capture sensitive data, modify app functionality, or even redirect traffic to malicious servers without the app or its users even knowing.

Hooking is often employed to circumvent security mechanisms, compromise app integrity, and facilitate a range of attacks, including data theft, credential harvesting, or injecting malicious payloads into the app’s normal operations. This makes it a powerful tool for mobile app exploitation.

How Build38 protects your mobile apps

Build38’s comprehensive approach to security seamlessly integrates on-device protection with cloud-based active hardening and threat intelligence mechanisms, providing a robust defense against hooking attacks and other mobile app security threats.

Superior mobile app self-protection

Our in-app self-protection software actively identifies hooking activities in real time, thanks to two of its powerful in-app services, the Runtime Environment Verification and the Application and Code Integrity services:

  • The Runtime Environment Verification service continually evaluates the mobile app's current environment, considering factors such as the operating system and the presence of potentially suspicious tools like hooking frameworks.

  • At the same time, the Application and Code Integrity service safeguards the app's code and assets, maintaining their integrity whether they are stored on disk or in memory. This ensures that users are consistently using the precise version initially published by your developer. If malicious code or "hooks" are introduced into the app's execution process by hackers, the service rapidly detects and identifies these unauthorized alterations.

Upon detecting a hooking security breach, our self-protection software autonomously terminates the app and blocks user access until the threat has been mitigated.

Active hardening

The active hardening server enhances app security remotely through cryptographic-key-based instance individualization, certificate injection into each app instance, and verification of device binding information. Additionally, the active hardening server continuously collects app-level security telemetry data from individual devices, including suspected hooking activities, and utilizes a machine learning engine to derive comprehensive threat intelligence.

Cloud-based threat intelligence 

Our platform then channels this real-time telemetry data and AI-powered insights into three distinct cloud-based threat intelligence modules. These modules facilitate exclusive threat remediation options: manual intervention by your business team, predefined rule-based responses established via a visual, no-code interface, and triggered responses initiated by your back-end programs.
Threat Intelligence Portal

Our intuitive web console promptly notifies your team when hooking attacks occur, allowing them to take additional action such as locking, unlocking, or permanently wiping a compromised app or apps, if needed.

Attestation & Response

Our user-friendly online interface empowers your team to create automated rules without needing to code, ensuring a consistent response to future hooking attacks based on predefined policies.

Threat Intelligence & Response APIs

With our APIs, you can inform your back-end application systems of security incidents, including hooking attacks, and directly program specific responses into your back-end application logic itself, ensuring fast, programmed responses to hooking attacks and other mobile app threats.

Why businesses 
choose Build38

Businesses worldwide trust Build38 with their mobile app security. Don’t just take our word for it—listen to what our customers have to say.

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