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
Saefko August 12, 2019
Sakula August 15, 2019
SamoRAT July 10, 2020
SDBbot RAT October 17, 2019
SectopRAT November 21, 2019
Shady Rat 77/10 0 April 11, 2014
Sisfader RAT March 24, 2020
SombRAT November 13, 2020
SpyMax RAT March 20, 2020
SpyNote RAT September 19, 2019
SQLRat May 10, 2019
SysUpdate June 4, 2019
T-RAT Malware September 11, 2020
Taidoor RAT August 4, 2020
TightVNC 1010/10 0 December 2, 2009
Trochilus RAT 88/10 1 January 13, 2016
VanillaRAT June 18, 2019
Vermin RAT July 23, 2018
ViperSoftX RAT January 26, 2021
Warzone RAT December 16, 2019
WebMonitor RAT April 23, 2019
WinSpy 88/10 13 April 8, 2008
WolfRAT May 20, 2020
WSH RAT June 17, 2019
XAgentOSX RAT September 3, 2020

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