How to transform your mobile Android as a penetration testing tool?

self destruction of your data with kali linux
self destruction of your data with kali linux

For all cybersecurity enthusiasts and professionals in the field, a major announcement comes from the Kali Linux team: the release of NetHunter for Android.

What is this new innovation, and why is it so special? Let's see this in detail.

What is Kali Linux?

Kali Linux is an open source operating system based on Debian. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that it is specially designed for penetration testing and cybersecurity.

Offering a range of integrated tools, Kali Linux is often considered the ultimate reference for IT security professionals.

NetHunter: The Kali Linux system for Android

The recent announcement of Project NetHunter demonstrates Kali Linux's desire to adapt to the ever-changing technology landscape. NetHunter is designed to run on devices Android, with a striking specificity: the ability to carry out physical attacks, mainly via the USB port.

If you have a phone Android, a transformation is offered to you. With the installation of Kali Linux NetHunter, your device becomes a formidable penetration testing tool, capable of compromising target systems via their USB port.

But what is the main objective of NetHunter?

Beyond its attack capability, NetHunter aims to provide a comprehensive penetration testing platform on Android. Users can thus benefit from a complete suite ofhacker tools, while utilizing the flexibility and portability of a phone Android.

We find in NetHunter, the entire set of Kali Linux tools, including the self-destruction or remote control (VNC...etc.).

Nethunter is currently available for the following devices:

  • Nexus
    • Nexus 6P (Oreo)
    • Nexus 6P (LineageOS 17.1)
    • Nexus 5X (Oreo)
    • Nexus 7 [2013] (Marshmallow)
    • Nexus 7 [2013] (LineageOS 13.0)
    • Nexus 9 (Nougat)
    • Nexus 5 (Nougat)
    • Nexus 10 (Lollipop)
    • Nexus 6 (LineageOS 16.0)
  • Xiaomi
    • Xiaomi Pocophone F1 (Eleven)
    • Xiaomi Mi 9T MIUI 11 (Ten)
    • Xiaomi Mi A3 (LineageOS 18.1, 19.1, 20)
  • Nokia
    • Nokia 6.1 Plus (LineageOS 18.1)
    • Nokia 3.1 (Pie)
    • Nokia 6.1 (LineageOS 18.1)
  • Gemini
    • Gemini PDA (Nougat)
  • Samsung
    • Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 LTE (Oreo)
    • Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 WiFi (Oreo)
    • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (Nougat)
  • LG
    • LG V20 International (LineageOS 19.1)
  • Sony
    • Sony Xperia Z1 (Pie)
  • OnePlus
    • OnePlus One (LineageOS 18.1)
    • OnePlus 2 (LineageOS 16.0)
    • OnePlus 3 / 3T (Ten)
    • OnePlus 6/6T (OxygenOS Twelve)
    • OnePlus 7 / 7 Pro / 7T / 7T Pro (Eleven)
    • OnePlus 7 / 7 Pro / 7T / 7T Pro (OxygenOS/Custom A11)
    • OnePlus 8 / 8T / 8 Pro (Twelve)
    • OnePlus Nord AC2003 (Eleven)
  • TicWatch
    • TicWatch Pro / Pro 4G/LTE / Pro 2020 (Wear OS)

For more information, I invite you to consult the official website of the Kali Linux Nethunter project.


Rapidly evolving technology demands innovative security solutions. With NetHunter, Kali Linux once again shows its commitment to staying at the forefront of cybersecurity.

Whether you are a professional in the field, a student, or simply an enthusiast, NetHunter promises to be a valuable addition to your security toolkit.