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 126 articles listed on remote administration tools.

Name Threat Level Detection Count Date
Frutas RAT 77/10 0 August 15, 2013
Get2 October 17, 2019
GlaceTrojan 99/10 307 August 6, 2008
GovRAT October 24, 2019
Havex RAT November 9, 2020
Hodin RAT August 13, 2019
HyperBro June 3, 2019
Icoscript 99/10 51 October 31, 2014
Imperium Metamorpher RAT July 23, 2020
InnfiRAT September 17, 2019
JhoneRAT January 17, 2020
jRAT May 30, 2019
KimJongRAT June 7, 2019
Kwampirs RAT March 26, 2020
Lilith RAT June 20, 2019
LimeRevenge RAT November 15, 2019
LisfonService May 6, 2019
Loda RAT February 13, 2020
LuxNET RAT September 18, 2020
McRAT 88/10 0 March 1, 2013
Milum RAT March 25, 2020
MirageFox RAT May 28, 2020
MIRC Orifice 3.1.1 November 12, 2008
MobiHok RAT September 18, 2019
NavRAT October 11, 2019

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