A-Z Glossary of Information Security and Social Engineering Terms

Remote Access Trojan (RAT)

Remote Access Trojan (RAT)

A RAT is a piece of malware that provides a backdoor for the administrative control of the target. The goal of some phishing attacks is to install a remote access trojan onto the target’s computer. This enables the attacker to steal sensitive information, spy on victims and potentially access other computers on the same network.

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