By CagedTech in Backdoors

The Spy-Net RAT (Remote Access Trojan) is a threat, which is publicly available, and thus anyone can make use of it. Sometimes, rookie cyber crooks start their journey in the world of cybercrime by employing readily available threats like the Spy-Net Trojan. However, there are instances where highly-skilled and experienced actors make use of such threats too. For example, the Spy-Net RAT is known to be a part of the hacking arsenal of the infamous Iranian based state-sponsored group called APT33 (Advanced Persistent Threat).

May Evade Low-Quality Antivirus Tools

The Spy-Net RAT is not exactly a newly emerged threat so most legitimate anti-malware tools should be able to detect and remove it. However, some low-quality security tools may not be able to protect your system. If the Spy-Net RAT infects your PC, it can start collecting sensitive information like financial details, login credentials and other data of importance. Furthermore, the Spy-Net can serve as a backdoor for the attackers to install additional malware on the infected system.

Spy-Net RAT’s Capabilities

When the Spy-Net RAT is initialized on a compromised host successfully, it will not perform any obvious changes that would attract the victim's attention. The Spy-Net Trojan is capable of masquerading as a legitimate application, which would make it even more difficult for the user to spot any unsafe activity going on. Then, the attackers can initialize any of the features of the Spy-Net RAT, such as:

  • Launching websites.
  • Downloading files.
  • Collecting clipboard data.
  • Managing Windows services.
  • Taking over the running processes.
  • Collecting saved login credentials.
  • Executing remote commands.
  • Managing files and directories.

Cybercriminals all over the world like to employ the Spy-Net RAT in their campaigns as this tool is not only free and publicly available, but its authors tend to update it on a regular basis and often expand its capabilities further weaponizing it.


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