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Remote access trojan

Remote access trojan

(also RAT, backdoor trojan)

Remote access trojan definition

A remote access trojan is a type of trojan malware that disguises itself as a harmless program but includes a back door for administrative control over the target device. The administrative control enables the RAT to do just about anything on the target computer, including accessing private data, monitoring the device’s behavior, and distributing more malware.

Real remote access trojan example

In 1998, a program called Back Orifice debuted at DEF CON. It enables the user to control a computer running on Microsoft Windows from a remote location.

Stopping a remote access trojan attack

  • Don’t click on suspicious links
  • Always update your software
  • Don’t click on attachments
  • Create unique passwords

Further reading

Ultimate digital security