DroidJack is a very popular RAT (Remote Access Trojan) that targets android phones. RAT’s allow users to take full control of victim’s phones, steal and record data, all without the victim noticing. DroidJack software has gained popularity because it is relatively cheap, being sold for around $210 USD, and has an easy to use graphical user interface that allows anyone to create malware without much knowledge.
In a welcome change to tactice, Europol conducted a series of raids targeting users of the software. Raids conducted in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, France, and Belgium, and even included the cooperation of US authorities who arrested US citizens.
Normally, resources are spent on finding the creators of the hacking software, which could end up with high costs in investigating efforts resulting in few arrests. Will going after the users of this software be enough to dissuade future users? Will it cut in to the profits of these criminal organizations enough that it becomes less lucrative to continue to develop these malware machines? Time will tell, but we can hope.