Android Malware Research Dataset

The rapid growth in usage of Android devices heavily promoted malware and security research on these platforms. I have recently compiled an Android malware dataset called M0DROID (with Mohsen one of my Master students) which was used as part of RAMP (Recognition of Android Malware Patterns) competition and therefore, decided to put a short post on three most most comprehensive Android malware research datasets as it could be useful to other researchers:

  1. Android Malware Genome dataset developed at North Carolina  State University and include tons of Android malware till Oct 2011. 

  2. MobWorm project dataset: the Dutch dataset of Android malware till Feb 2013
  3. M0DROID: Me and Mohsen developed this dataset and we try to keep it very uptodate! Unlike other datasets, the M0DROID contains both goodware and malware samples which could make it ideal for research. It was first developed when I was with University Putra Malaysia and last updated in Dec 2014. Should you find any new malware sample please feel free to submit us through M0DROID official page. If you like to have a copy of the dataset please feel free to email me.  Should you use this dataset for your research, please cite this article: as below: "Mohsen Damshenasa, Ali Dehghantanha, Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo & Ramlan Mahmud, "M0Droid: An Android Behavioral-Based Malware Detection Model", Journal of Information Privacy and Security, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp. 141-157, 2015, DOI:10.1080/15536548.2015.1073510. "

Hope you find this quick post useful!


Ali Dehghantanha

Dr. AliDehghantanha ( has served for more than a decade in a variety of industrial and academic positions with leading players in Cyber-Security and E-Commerce. He has long history of working in different areas of computer security as security researcher, malware analyzer, penetration tester, security consultant, professional trainer, and university lecturer. Ali is imminently qualified in the field of cyber security; he has an EU Marie Curie post-doctoral fellowship in cyber forensics (the Marie Curie Fellowships are Europe’s most competitive and prestigious award), Ph.D in Security in Computing and a number of professional qualifications namely SANS-GIAC Exploit Researcher and Advanced Penetration Tester (GXPN), SANS-GIAC Reverse Engineering Malware (GREM), SANS-GIAC Certified Forensics Analyst (GCFA), CCFP (Certified Cyber Forensic Professional), CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), and CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker). Ali is a fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA) and served as a keynote speaker for a number of security conferences namely the International Conference on Information Security and Cyber Forensics (InfoSec2015) speaking about “Detection and analysis IoT Malwares" at Cape-Town, South Africa, keynote speaker at the International Conference on Information Security and Digital Forensics (ISDF2015) speaking on "Efficient Analysis of Malware Campaigns" at Kuala Lumpor, Malaysia and invited speaker for ISACA EuroCACS/ISRM 2015 speaking about "Finding the Needle in Internet of Everything Haystack" at Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2015, he was an invited speaker for ISACA North-West UK meeting and talked about "Strategic Cyber Threat Intelligence".  He was one of the lead editors for Elsevier book titled “Contemporary digital forensic investigations of cloud and mobile applications” and a guest editor for a special issue on “Internet of Things: Security and Forensics Trends and Challenges” in the Elsevier Future Generation Computer Systems journal, guest editor for a special issue on "Big Data Applications in Cyber Security and Threat Intelligence" in IEEE Transactions on Big Data.  Ali is the founder of annual “International Conference in Cyber-Security, Cyber Warfare and Digital Forensics (CyberSec)” and served as editor in chief for the International Journal of Cyber Security and Digital Forensics (IJCSDF) between Jan 2012 to Jan 2015!