Do you know what are Remote Access Trojans (RATs)?
Most people limit their spaces to the small screen. Every day, people use their laptops and smartphones for private tasks, such as online banking and they input their confidential inputs or sensitive information, such as login details and passwords. Here is where RAT comes in to play a role. Quite interesting right, let get into it…
- What does Remote Access Trojans (RATs) mean?
- RATs, How it is transmitted?
- How Remote Access Trojans works?
- How to protect us from being a victim of RATs?
What do Remote Access Trojans (RATs) mean?
Remote Access Trojans (RATs) (RAT also stands for remote administration tool ) are authentic-looking applications containing malware program that includes a back door for administrative control over the target computer.
“Cyber-Security is much more than a matter of IT.” –Stephane Nappo
RATs, How it is transmitted?
RATs are usually downloaded invisibly with a user-requested program — such as a game — or sent as an email attachment. Once the host system is compromised, the intruder may use it to distribute RATs to other vulnerable computers and establish a botnet.
The main thing is – Most RATS leave no trace!!!
RATs can be difficult to detect because they usually don’t show up in lists of running programs or tasks. The actions they perform can be similar to those of legitimate programs. Furthermore, an intruder will often manage the level of resource use and it doesn’t show their presence on their devices that a drop in performance doesn’t alert the user that something’s amiss.
How Remote Access Trojans works ?
Remote Access Trojans (RATs) are authentic-looking applications containing malware that can be accidentally downloaded onto a device. Once downloaded, they provide a way in for cybercriminals that can give them administrative control over the targeted device.
For example, they can use a keylogger to monitor someone’s typing, finding out passwords and sensitive security information, or look at files containing personal or confidential info. Beware – many Remote Access Trojans can ‘scrap’ saved and even cached passwords.
And, perhaps scariest of all, RATs are ostensibly spyware, and cybercriminals can use them to secretly activate a device’s microphone or a webcam – listening to or watching a user whenever they like.
How to PROTECT US from being a victim of RATs ?
To protect your system from RATs, follow the same procedures you use to prevent other malware infections:
- Antivirus Softwares should be up to date !
- Keep antivirus software up to date and refrain from downloading programs or opening attachments that aren’t from a trusted source.
- At the administrative level, it’s always a good idea to block unused ports, turn off unused services and monitor outgoing traffic.
- Be Aware of the RAT -Infectious sign !
- Your internet connection is unusually slow Unknown processes are running in your system (visible in the Task Manager, Processes tab).
- Your files are modified or deleted without your permission Unknown programs are installed on your device (visible in the Control Panel, add or Remove programs).
- Protect Yourself !
- Ensure that your security software and operating system
- Regularly Backup your data
- Ensure that your device’s firewall (if available)is active
- Only download apps and software from sources you can trust
- Cover your webcam when not in use
- Be wary while browsing the internet and do not click on suspicious links, popups, or dialogue box
- Keep your web browsers up to to date and configured to alert you whenever a new window is opened or anything is downloaded
- Do not click on links or attachments within unexpected or suspicious emails
The remote administrator tool has no special hardware requirements. Even if your old home computer is what you use for running your business, it’s fast enough for a Remote administrator tool. If the computer runs Windows, the Remote administrator tool will run on it, and it will run faster than any other remote control software you can buy. An evaluation is being built on existing remote administrator tools of the availability of features and is expected to be one of the important evaluations used by major high-energy research. This evaluation lets customers choose their need for remote administrator tools carefully.
“The knock-on effect of a data breach can be devastating for a company. When customers start taking their business—and their money—elsewhere, that can be a real body blow..” —Christopher Graham