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DCRAT

DCRAT

Also known as: DarkCrystal RAT

Category: Malware

Type: Remote Access Trojan

Platform: Windows

Variants:

Damage potential: Data theft , espionage, remote control and surveillance, botnet participation

Overview

DarkCrystal RAT, or DCRAT, is a type of malware that allows cybercriminals to control a compromised device remotely. With DCRAT, attackers can monitor user activity, activate hardware such as a mouse, webcam, or microphone, access files, steal sensitive data, or add the infected device to a botnet and launch DDoS attacks.

Possible symptoms

The symptoms of a DCRAT infection might vary, but here are some common signs to watch out for:

  • System slowdowns, crashes, and freezes.

  • Unusual network traffic.

  • Files being moved, modified, or removed without user interaction.

  • Mouse cursor moving on its own.

  • Programs starting or stopping unexpectedly.

  • Webcam or microphone switching on without user interaction.

  • Frequent error messages.

Sources of infection

DCRAT typically spreads through phishing emails with malicious Microsoft Word documents, downloads from malware-hosting websites, malvertising, or peer-to-peer sharing of infected files.

Protection

Always browse with caution to protect yourself from DCRAT.

Removal

If you think you might have DCRAT on your device, you need to act promptly:

  • Disconnect your device from the internet to prevent DCRAT from communicating with its command and control server.

  • Boot into safe mode.

  • Run a full system scan using a reputable antivirus solution.

  • Follow the instructions provided by your antivirus software to isolate and remove the malware.

Consult an IT professional if you don’t feel confident handling the removal yourself.

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