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 91 articles listed on remote administration tools.

Name Threat Level Detection Count Date
Milum RAT March 25, 2020
MIRC Orifice 3.1.1 November 12, 2008
MobiHok RAT September 18, 2019
NavRAT October 11, 2019
NetWire RAT May 2, 2019
NewCore RAT May 8, 2019
NukeProtecter 1.0 February 12, 2008
NukeSped RAT October 28, 2019
ObliqueRAT February 24, 2020
Parallax RAT February 14, 2020
PentagonRAT 8/10 0 May 2, 2017
Preview Unlocked 1.0 March 14, 2008
Pupy 8/10 13 December 15, 2015
PyXie RAT December 3, 2019
RadRAT July 9, 2018
RARSTONE 6/10 0 June 18, 2013
Reductor October 9, 2019
RemoteAccess.GhostRadmin 10/10 0 October 6, 2009
RemoteAdmin.NetCat 8/10 0 December 7, 2007
RemoteAdmin.RemotelyAnywhere.a 10/10 0 October 15, 2009
RMS RAT June 18, 2019
ROKRAT May 13, 2019
Saefko August 12, 2019
Sakula August 15, 2019
SDBbot RAT October 17, 2019

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