Counter measuring conceivable security threats on smart healthcare devices

Syeda Mariam Muzammal, Munam Ali Shah, Hasan Ali Khattak, Sohail Jabbar, Ghufran Ahmed, Shehzad Khalid, Shahid Hussain, Kijun Han

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Smart devices, the carriers of a huge amount of private, sensitive and confidential data are pervasive in today's world with innovative and enhanced functionalities. Smartphones have brought tremendous change in people's lives with the launch of a new platform of communication and an ease of access to a wide range of applications. Due to the swift increase in the users of Android smartphones and the increasing demands based on advanced ease and features, developers are working hard to achieve the needful. Easy access to certain features and applications gave rise to the powerfulness and an efficacy of various threats, risks and vulnerabilities that can victimize users' private data residing in smartphone paradigm. With the developments and enhancements in malware, for Android-based smartphones, attacks continue to occur. In this paper, we investigate one of the possibly most destructive attacks for Android, that is, screenshot attack. We have developed 'ScreenStealer' application and explored the vulnerabilities which make Android more inclined to risks and threats. Furthermore, we evaluated capture ratio of screenshots, resources consumption and execution time to determine effectiveness, efficiency and stealthiness of such a malicious application.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20722-20733
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Access
StatePublished - Apr 11 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science
  • General Materials Science
  • General Engineering


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