What are Remote Access Trojans?

RAT represents Remote Access Trojan. It is a type of malware that supports the attacker with complete remote control over your system. When a RAT influences your computer, it enables the hacker to simply access your local files, secure login authorization, and different responsive data, or need that connection to download viruses you could unintentionally move on to others.

A Remote Access Trojan (or RAT) is software that enables hackers’ backdoor management access to a computer. RATs are also referred to as Creepware. It is generally downloaded either as an invisible insert-on with software the user selects to access, including a game, or it can be sent as an email connection. Once on a computer, the hacker has around free access to the system and can use it to spread malware to others, spy on the client, or download and delete files.

RATs also play an essential role in the implementation of advanced persistent threat (APT) attacks. The goal behind APT attacks is to stay stealthy and gather information over time, rather than damaging systems and resources as soon as the backdoor entry is obtained.

Remote Access Trojans can be installed in several methods or techniques and will be similar to other malware infection vectors. Targeted attacks by a motivated attacker may deceive desired targets into installing such software via social engineering tactics, or even via temporary physical access to the desired computer. Particularly crafted email connections, weblinks, download packages, or .torrent files could be used as a structure for the installation of the software.

Remote Access Trojans differ from keyloggers in that they support the capability for an attacker to gain unauthorized remote access to the victim machine via specially configured communication protocols which are set up upon initial infection of the victim computer.

This backdoor into the victim device can enable an attacker unfettered access, such as the ability to monitor customer behavior, change computer settings, browse and copy documents, use the bandwidth (Internet connection) for possible criminal activity, access connected systems, etc.

A RAT's installation mechanism is generally connected to a legitimate program. RATs are generally hidden inside games or other small programs, and an email connection that users download.

Remote Access Trojans are covert by features and can create use of a randomized filename/path architecture to try to avoid identification of the software. Installing and strolling Malware bytes Anti-Malware and Malware bytes Anti-Exploit will assist mitigate any potential infection by eliminating associated files and registry modifications and avoiding the initial infection vector from permitting the device to be compromised.

Updated on: 22-Nov-2021


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