Whether a hacker is trying to pirate your app, steal your data, or alter the behavior of a critical piece of infrastructure software as part of a larger crime – inspecting and/or modifying an application can play an essential role. As part of a layered protection strategy, companies should have mechanisms in place that add vulnerability masking, anti-debug and anti-tamper functionality directly into an application to protect, detect, and respond to attacks on the application's integrity.

Consider how the following exploits that stem directly from debugger hacks cross data, operational, and IP risk boundaries:

Debugger Hack Resulting vulnerability and risk
Bypassing encryption and other techniques used during data transmission and/or storage exposes otherwise secured data. Unauthorized data access leads to data loss, loss of revenue, privacy breaches, regulatory non-compliance, and trade secret theft.
Insert and modify data within your application Interrupt application flow circumventing controls and governance and voiding authorization and access controls.
Trace logic and the flow of your application Expose intellectual property for reuse and exploitation
View encryption functions, the values of dynamic keys and when and how sensitive information is saved to your file systems and databases Security and operational breach exposes data and systems beyond any one application.

Cyberattack Impact Factors

Application-specific aspects of the Cyberattack Impact Factors include:

  • Intellectual Property theft is one of many risks that stem from unauthorized monitoring, tampering, and reverse engineering.
  • Using a debugger and other direct means of modifying runtime code and data, applications can be used to disrupt and/or subvert operations and operational controls.
  • Effective alerts that include contextual telemetry (data) can materially shorten investigations and provide conclusive forensic evidence.
  • Real-time detection accelerate notification and the ability to trigger contextual behavior within an application under attack helps to mitigate ongoing or sustained damage to compromised sites.
  • Obfuscation, anti-debugger, and anti-tamper defenses can offer evidence of sustained and effective efforts to secure data and operational integrity; critical factors used by courts to establish the severity of a criminal act and its associated sentencing guidelines.


Original material sourced from: The hidden costs of an IP Breach, Deloitte Review.


PreEmptive Protection for .NET, Java, Android and iOS Apps

PreEmptive Protection provides control to manage material risks stemming from unauthorized application decompilation, tampering, debugging and data access that:

  • Does not require coding to secure and harden applications or the deployment of runtime agents to capture and respond to production attacks
  • Fits seamlessly into your preferred DevOps and Secure Application Lifecycle Management process
  • Combines passive and active measures to thwart would be attackers
  • Is used by 400 of the fortune 500 companies