How to Block Cheat Engines from Hacking Android & iOS Apps

 

This Knowledge Base article describes 3 Easy Steps to Block Cheat Engines from Hacking Android & iOS Apps. Stop cheat engines from hacking mobile games. No Code, Zero Dev, No SDK.

What is Cheat Engines?

Cheat Engine is a memory scanning tool used to hack mobile games. It allows you to access data stored in your computer’s memory and make changes to that data. This allows you to change the information in a game, such as health, ammo, score, lives, and the number of things you have in your inventory. Cheat Engines comes with a built-in memory scanner, disassembler, debugger, hex editor, and dynamic code injector which makes it a super powerful tool for gamers to cheat in mobile games and for hackers to create game mods or more powerful versions of legitimate games.

Hackers all around the world try to hack almost any mobile game application to get hold of unlimited gold, coins, gems, etc. Sounds horrible right? Many apps today are tampered with, re-packaged, re-distributed, and modified at will by malicious parties looking to either re-use your unique advantage or harvest your users’ data by providing them with fake applications that look like yours.

Top 6 Ways hackers use Cheat Engines for cheating in mobile games:

  1. Search/Discover specific game processes (for the purpose of attaching to the process then altering the process)
  2. Scan memory to determine the specific values assigned to certain game values or metrics (so that you can alter those values to gain an advantage)
  3. Change in-game values or in-app purchases to the max allowed limit
  4. Use pointers to find out which function writes a value
  5. Use code injection to change game values or logic (eg:, change the direction of the value associated with ‘ammunition’ to increase whenever you fire your gun – instead of decreasing your ammo whenever you fire).
  6. Slow down or speed up clock speed or in-game timers to gain a relative or absolute speed advantage
how hackers attach to a process using cheat engines
How hackers attach to a game process using Cheat Engines

How Does Appdome Block Cheat Engines?

Appdome is a no-code mobile app security platform designed to add security features, like preventing cheat engines into any mobile app. This KB shows mobile developers, DevSec and security professionals how to use Appdome’s simple ‘click to build’ user interface to quickly and easily stop cheat engines from hacking mobile games.

Appdome automatically detects and blocks common cheat engines that leverage memory tracing techniques from modifying your application.

As the first line of defense, Appdome Anti-Reversing,Anti-Tampering and Anti-Debugging provide run-time application self-protection (RASP) for mobile apps so that they can defend themselves against attacks in the wild. Appdome uses multiple detection and prevention techniques each of which detects and prevents malicious tampering, debugging and reversing activities in different places in the code, and using different methods and frameworks that are tailored to the attack method.

As the next layer of defense, Appdome customers can extend the above base coverage using Appdome to prevent malicious users from running ptrace against the secured app processes and preventing debuggers and malicious software from attaching it.

All working together as part of a layered defense, app publishers can protect their apps against generic and special purpose hacking tools such as Cheat Engines from using memory tracing and memory editing techniques to cheat mobile games.

We hope you find this knowledge base useful and enjoy using Appdome!

 

Appdome’s no-code mobile app security platform offers mobile developers, DevSec and security professionals a convenient and reliable way to protect Android and iOS apps with cheat engine protection. When a user clicks “Build My App,” Appdome leverages a microservice architecture filled with 1000s of security plugins, and an adaptive code generation engine that matches the correct required plugins to the development environment, frameworks, and methods in each app.

Prerequisites

Here’s what you need to build secured apps with cheat engine protection

No Coding Dependency

Using Appdome, there are no development or coding prerequisites to build secured apps with cheat engine protection. There is no SDK and no library to manually code or implement in the app. The Appdome technology adds the relevant standards, frameworks, stores, and logic to the app automatically, with no manual development work at all.

How to Sign & Publish Secured Mobile Apps Built on Appdome

After successfully securing your app using Appdome, there are several available options to complete your project, depending on your app lifecycle or workflow. These include:

Or, see this quick reference Releasing Secured Android & iOS Apps built on Appdome.

How to Learn More

Check out these related KBs to prevent Rooting, Jailbreaking, hacking and game cheating tools.

How to Prevent Rooting Android

How to Prevent Jailbreaking iOS

Check out Appdome’s Mobile App Security Suite or request a demo at any time.

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