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For those tired of strangers latching on to their unprotected Wi-Fi network, or simply looking to have a little fun at the expense of others, Digitalsquid created Network Spoofer, allowing users to play a few tricks on those connected to just about any accessible Wi-Fi network.

Users can switch, blur, or flip images, redirect browsers to specific URLs or videos (with a special setting for automatic RickRolling), and change Google searches (on others' computers) all from their rooted, Android-powered device. Of course, to carry out these commands, you must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your target(s). With functions like these, I only wonder how I didn't run into this app before.

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The app works just as you'd expect, operating with simple one-click commands, and carrying out your bidding in relatively short order. Some of the commands (like image replacement) can get a little chaotic with complex websites, but when using an app like this, I don't think the target's user experience is a primary concern.

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All of that being said, there are a couple of downsides to this app. First off, Network Spoofer requires a hefty download before running (~120MB). This isn't a huge complaint, but it does mean that Network Spoofer is not an app that one can install and deploy instantly – the fun provided by the app requires at least marginal planning. The other downside is battery performance. I observed a 40% drop in battery over a period of about one hour with the app running. For a novelty app like this, battery life may not be the most important feature, but a 40% drop in one hour is unacceptable.

Overall, Network Spoofer is a fun app, and has potential for a few laughs. Of course neither Android Police nor Digitalsquid can be held responsible for any use or consequences stemming from the app, but if you're looking for an April Fools shoe-in, you may be in luck.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Rallerbabz

    Now this is going to be FUN! :D

  • ARaj

    Ooooo Yeahhhh!! Let the FUN begin..

  • Tyler

    Ive been using WiFi Kill, so now I can have fun with this one!

  • tekrhino

    Apk is tripping my antivirus (AVG Pro).
    I'm guessing this is normal for an app of this nature? I uninstalled as soon as AVG tripped.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      It uses root quite heavily, so I'm sure it triggers some sort of algorithms in AVG.

  • Tyler

    Installing it now, 118MB download, 420MB to extract, pretty massive indeed.

  • Rallerbabz

    Uh man, I can't make it work. Am I doing it wrong? :S

    • Rallerbabz

      Perhaps I should explain..

      I select a hack, let's say the "all sites -> kittenwar.com"

      It pops up with victims but I have no clue what computers the IP are. There's like 10 IPs popping up, and I am the only one on my home network. None of the IPs is my computer. Well, I type in manually and then it goes to the next step

      "Spoof running...
      (greyed out "Start")
      Spoof not running
      Output:

      "

      Can anyone help? :)

      • Denise

        The other IP's could be your cellphone, roku, tablet, kindle, wireless printer, home phoneline, or....wait for it....other people on your network

        • Rallerbabz

          As I said, I am the only one of the network. I only have my SGSII and my computer online atm.

          Btw, it's not 10, it's almost infinite. It just continue to load IPs, I hav no clue who they are :S What am I doing wrong? :S

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        Not sure... when I click on the hack, I then click All Devices or an individual IP, then Start, and then it starts and shows a whole bunch of stuff. You need a rooted phone, in case you aren't. Maybe yours is unsupported?

        • Rallerbabz

          Thanks for the answer :)

          I got a Samsung Galaxy S II, and it's not on the known incomp. list, but yeah it could be.

          The start button is greyed out so I can't click on it.

          And yeah, my phone is rooted. Maybe it is due to CM9 ICS.

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          Not sure... I got the GS2 myself. The one on Sprint, but I'm on stock gbread.

        • Rallerbabz

          Okay. I'm trying to do a nandroid to CheckRom (with gingerbread) I hope it fix it :-)

  • lincthra

    Bleh, as expected from the description, no joy on the Photon.

  • http://www.computerandyou.net/ Abhishek Prakash

    That is quite interesting. I am surely going to give this app a try. Lets see if the spoofer has a nice time.

  • Gary Hicks

    Over 500mb all together? Nah, I'll stick with WifiKill.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      WifiKill isn't nearly as fun. RickRoll all youtube videos is absolutely hilarious. I guarantee people would start looking for viruses on their computers, never even thinking about arp poisoning from a phone.

      • DCMAKER

        i would not have...been using computers for 15 years? can't even remember and I would have never guessed this was possible lol. Though I never researched hacking and viruses to any extent.

  • Tkun

    What folder does it install the data? I'm trying to look for it in order to delete it.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/brandonjnunn bjn714

      /sdcard/Android/data/uk.digitalsquid.netspoofer/

      • Tkun

        All right, thanks!

  • ?

    I'm just waiting now for someone to come up with a web page that steals information from computers and such and then just sit in a McDonald's or something with this running, with it set to send everyone to that page.

    • Deltaechoe

      Your an ass, have fun in jail

      • ?

        Sorry I didn't mean to imply that I was going to do that but meant that I will now be afraid of what someone might do with it.

        I can see that you might misunderstand what I was meaning and some people might do that, but being disabled and barely able to string two sentences together somedays with out help please take it and shove it.

        • behelit

          There are already 1 or 2 of these kinds of apps available but if you use ssl you would be safe.

    • DCMAKER

      when you see this it makes yo think twice about doing anything over free wifi.....i am not even more afraid to access my bank or use skype lol....who knows what people will come up with sigh....but this will be fun!

      • Alex C

        Fortunately, this sort of stuff only works on http, not https.

        • DCMAKER

          is skype encrypted though?

    • Dmitro

      Yeah, that exists. Search Google for "Droidsheep". It's very fun to use in Starbucks, airports, and hotels.

      Of course it only works on http, and not https.

  • Deltaechoe

    Download it while you can guys, this won't last long in the market

  • lkdjf

    Slowed my EVO to a crawl after exiting the program. Had to go into recovery and clear the caches in order to be able to do anything.

  • ifonephag

    Man. Things like this make me LOVE Android. You won't find awesome stuff like this on the stupid iPhone.

  • Ravi Shah

    how long till this is pulled?

    • DCMAKER

      thats what I am wondering...I haven't rooted yet so I can't install...forgot how to root and all the steps....last time i did it...it was on a crap bs toy of a tablet.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      It's been in the Market since early 2011, so... but who knows.

      • DCMAKER

        so why are you guy's behind the power curve lol

  • Marc

    I know exactly where I'm going to deploy this...

    Free WiFi in front of the Apple store. ;)

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Awwww yeah!

  • Micah

    Woot. I can now let a SOPA like environment reign on networks at will. "This image has been removed because of copyright infringement."

  • Sleepy Geek

    I've had this app for a couple of months. It's fun. The RickRoll feature is a lot of fun

  • iam12andwhatisthis

    Wifi gay mafia is much better. You'd have more fun with xray camera.

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    I just totally trolled my wife when she was using her parents' iPad. They were freaking out that the iPad has a virus since all the images were replaced with a trollface.

  • Mgamerz

    Gonna guess that this has it's own web server built in (that redirects images or whatnot), so yea, it's going to suck battery. That's why you have a charger :P

  • J-Dog

    Hmm, now if I could only get my bloody DX to root.... Then I smell a trip to Starbucks :D

    Is there any way for my phone/tablet/laptop/other device to detect &/or bypass this? Or are we all now at the mercy of the random idiot (aka me) at Starbucks or wherever that wants to have a good laugh....

    • http://twitter.com/#!/brandonjnunn bjn714

      Search ARP Poisoning. There are programs and techniques to help detect and defend against ARP attacks. None are super easy or foolproof, but it can be detected.

    • Alex C

      Droid Xs are trivial to root. Assuming you're on the latest OTA (.602 or .605), you can use this forum post for all your needs: http://www.droidxforums.com/forum/gingerbread-development-hacking/35634-gb-602-root-start-here-links-all.html

      Specifically, RageXmods' D3 1-click root works great. Then you have a wide selection of ROMs to choose from! I'm running VorteX RC1, and loving it (came from MIUI ICS)

      If, somehow, you're still on .340, you can use Koush's D2 root app.

      Hope that helps!

    • Dan

      Don't work too hard at rooting. This app doesn't work on the DX. I'm bummed.

  • razorD

    "WTF is wrong with my iPad ?" - said our vice rector.
    btw she's computer scientist LOL

  • markymark

    Is there an app that can hack a new network. My internet is capped and i wanna use my neighbours wifi. Lol

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      WEP, sure, WPA2 - no way.

      • Guest

        Not entirely true. WPA2 can be hacked. But it will take a VERY long time so it isn't worth your time, other than for educational purposes.

  • Umang

    Will it work on any wifi connection that is protected by WEP/WPA or just open ones?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Any, maybe except EAP, as long as you know the network key.

  • Owen Finn

    If I run a WiFi hotspot off of my phone, can I then use this app to troll the people who connect to it at the same time?

    • Owen Finn

      Anyone know the answer?

  • Mgamerz

    Atrix here. Doesnt seem to work. Always says xant atart, did you deny root? Check the log file. What log file? None of the menus say where...

    • mom

      Read the app description in the market. Your question will be answered.

      -mom

  • Skillit

    I'm gonna troll so many people with this, but troll face is for sissies...

    Right now I'm looking for the most offensive p0rn image that I can find on the web, it's going to be so much fun...

    • DCMAKER

      now your going to far douche bag

      • Skillit

        Not at all, while this may be a little more aggressive that what people have been describing here it's actually just the playing games side of things.

        When you are capable of redirecting peoples browsers and searches to other web sites you can download malicious programs on their machines or prompt them to insert log in and password information on fake sites if you are up to it.

        • DCMAKER

          all of the above is going to far, which makes u a Grade A douche bag

  • Travis

    Has anyone tried this on the Galaxy Nexus? I'm using AOKP b21 and latest IMO kernel and I can't get it to automatically detect a gateway (it assumes the phone's IP is a gateway...) and when I put in my router's IP and the gateway and try to do any of the spoofs it doesn't do any spoofing, but it says it's running.

    • Endone

      I have the Gnex and I can't get it to work =/ Takes forever to find anything, if at all, on the network...

  • GraveUypo

    this kinda of thing shouldn't be made public because of people like the few examples of douche bags we have right here in the comment section.

    • DCMAKER

      i beg to differ...now i am aware of this and I know it exists and I can now defend myself against such attacks. Because android police is awesome!

      • GraveUypo

        the odds of you being attacked in the first place increase exponentially when this goes to the spot light. but whatever.

        • http://danopia.net/ Daniel Lamando

          Obvious attacks increase, yes. But stuff this app doesn't do, like transparently take your login info for every site, don't.

  • Endone

    is it just me... or does it take an extremely long time to search for devices?

  • lipanz

    how to manually install this? i have a problem on downloading it automatically using phone. i've downloaded the debian.img files manually using my computer.

    • bjn714

      You may try putting the img in /sdcard/Android/data/UK.digitalsquid.netspoofer/files/img/ which is where it installs to. Then run the app. Not sure if it will work but that is where it gets saved to.

      • lipanz

        nope it didnt work.when i start the apps..it still need to press on setup & install.where it still downloads the file.do you have any setting in preferences that i should enter it manually.

  • Andy

    It worked for me, and i would leave it on my phone except it really really heats my phones battry up.. even when its closed??! I make sure that its closed and try to make sure any services related to it are closed but it just burns my phone up (Galaxy S2).. So I had to get rid of it..

  • http://profiles.google.com/kirsten.wapass Kirsten Wapass

    It always says " spoof not running " .