Remote Administration Tools

A Remote Administration Tool (known more commonly on the Internet as a RAT) is used to remotely connect and manage single or multiple computers with a variety of tools such as:

  • Screen/camera capture and control.
  • File management (download/upload/execute/etc.).
  • Shell control (usually piped from command prompt).
  • Computer control (power off/on/log off).
  • Registry management (query/add/delete/modify).
  • Other product specific function.

A remote administration tool is based on the server and client technology. The server part runs on a controlled computer and receives commands from the client, which is installed on other remote host. A remote administration tool works in background and hides from the user. The person who controls it can monitor user’s activity, manage files, install additional software, control the entire system including any present application or hardware device, modify essential system settings, turn off or restart a computer.

Remote administration tools are divided into malicious and legitimate applications. Parasitical RATs, also known as remote administration Trojans, are analogous to backdoors and have very similar functionality. However, they aren’t viral, do not propagate by themselves and usually do not have additional destructive functions or other dangerous payload. These parasites do not work on their own and must be controlled by the client.

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There are currently 118 articles listed on remote administration tools.

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9002 RAT May 9, 2019
Agent Tesla May 20, 2019
AhMyth RAT August 17, 2020
Alien Spy October 20, 2008
AndroRAT May 21, 2020
AntiHacker 1010/10 0 August 19, 2012
AsyncRAT August 8, 2019
ATMitch May 8, 2019
Autospy 88/10 0 September 18, 2011
AVLay RAT July 26, 2019
Avone 2 beta November 18, 2008
Babylon RAT April 25, 2019
Back Orifice October 12, 2011
Backdoor.Netbus 88/10 0 January 4, 2008
Bandook RAT May 15, 2019
BBSRAT June 8, 2020
BitRAT August 25, 2020
BitterRAT August 27, 2019
BlackNET RAT March 25, 2020
Blackremote RAT October 16, 2019
BlackWorm RAT August 29, 2019
Blue Adeptz February 3, 2008
BlueCore RAT June 4, 2020
Bozok RAT April 12, 2019
BRATA RAT August 30, 2019
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