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So I just found popular hacking gui framework is written in Java,

it seems to be a common notion that java can't be used to "hack" yet armitage is written in Java

as a cyber security and forensics student this baffles me as to why people say Java can't be used to "hack" I mean keyloggers,rats etc can all be written in Java right?


I know Java doesn't allow for low level memory management like C or C++ but I would think someone more than capable could write "hacking" or "pen testing" tools in Java?

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It would require that a platform dependent JVM be available to run the Java program.
 
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but most systems now a days have a JVM installed?
 
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I don't think a keylogger can be written in Java - you need to access native APIs only available in other languages.

You can't take an installed JVM for granted. Not on OS X, not on Linux, and not on some manufacturers' Windows machines.
 
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