The Remote Access Trojan (RAT) can be considered a legacy tool for hackers. The RAT is a malware program that uses a back door for administrative control over the targeted computer. RATs are used for low and slow, prolonged, stealthy operations such as APTs (Advanced Persistent Threats). Using this malicious technique, the attackers take their time to explore the victim’s networks and assets, then move around as quietly as possible to achieve their objectives without detection. Some APTs have been in operation for years, and RATs are crucial in enabling attackers to access targets while avoiding detection.
While RATs have been around for quite some time now, they have not risen in their popularity among malware. Considered complicated to develop and operate, RATs demand a high hacker skill set. This trend has seemed to change, as RATs have become more readily available and accessible, increasing the number of RAT victims who cannot detect and mitigate this malware threat with their security solutions.
RATs are cheap