Technology is a sad fact. With new functions, comes new threats. To inflict harm on your network’s security, ransomware and cyber threats have been developing over the last few years. Check Point released a 2018 report that revealed cybercriminals are moving in a new direction. Ransomware remains a central point of cybersecurity.
This report shows that hackers are still looking to find easy targets. remote access trojan (RAT) has made it into the Global Threat Indexes Top 10 List for the first-ever time. This type of malware is known to exist for nearly two decades, but many modern businesses are not prepared to deal with such a serious security threat. This guide will explain what remote access trojans are. We also discuss the potential business risks that remote access trojan can pose to your business.
What is Remote Access Trojan? (RAT)
Remote Access trojan, also known as RAT, is a type of malware that allows attackers to remotely control a computer or device. This malware is designed to spy on your network and steal information. trojan typically enters your system disguised as legitimate software. Once it has entered your network it will create a backdoor into your system that allows attackers unwelcome access.
Remote access trojan can be dangerous to your business because it is difficult to detect. Remote access trojan can be introduced to your network by opening a file containing it. They can then steal information and compromise your network’s security. To attack other networks and systems, the attackers could also use your identity as well as your internet address.
There are many types of remote access Trojans (RATs)
There are many types of remote access trojans. Here are the most well-known RAT programs.
Back Orifice This remote-access trojan was created in the USA and has been around for almost 20 years. This remote access trojan is the oldest and most well-known. It has been improved by cybercriminals to create new remote access trojans. It was first discovered in Windows 98.
ZeroAccess This remote access trojan can be used to steal banking and financial information. Due to ZeroAccess’ advanced rootkit, it can be difficult for users to identify. Recorded Future claims that ZeroAccess can also use domain generation algorithms (DGA), peer-to-peer connectivity to C2 communications, and peer-to-peer connectivity.
Mirage- Mirage, a remote access trojan used extensively by APT15 (an organization of Chinese hackers). This remote access trojan first appeared in 2012. A spying campaign in 2015 saw APT15 go silent, but in 2018, a new Mirage variant was discovered. This new MirageFox was used to spy on UK contractors secretly.
Beast– This remote accessibility trojan is similar to Back Orifice. It uses the same technology as Back Orifice that allows the malware to be secretly installed on a computer. Beast was developed in 2002 and attacks Microsoft systems starting with Windows 95 through Windows 10.
How do you address remote access Trojans?
Remote access trojans are a good option because you can defend your network and system against them. It can be challenging to address such malware. This is because of the technological complexity that cybercriminals and attackers use to create such malware threats. However, this malware threat can be addressed by your organization’s knowledge of RATs.
According to the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ report, 90% of security problems are caused by human error. Businesses need to provide security awareness training for all employees to make sure they are aware of the potential consequences of malware to their organizations. A defense strategy for remote access trojans should be developed by your company. Your company should also develop a defense strategy against remote access trojan.
Remote access trojans are usually caused by remote network connections. You’ll be less likely to get infected by RAT malware if you restrict your employees’ access to your network. To ensure that your network is authenticated and authorized, you can use two-factor authentication and strong passwords.
Businesses should strive to defeat remote access trojan. Don’t let RATs cause data theft and security breaches in your company. You must take every precaution to protect yourself and your network against this malware.