Smartphone remote access tool (RAT)
The term remote access is often referred to in the context of using mobile devices or laptop computers offsite to access computer network resources. However, the term is increasingly being used in another context.
What are remote access tool?
Remote access tools, which are commonly referred to by the acronym RAT, is a software application that allows a user to remotely access and control a computer system in the same way as if they were actually physically using the device. However, this access is often gained for malicious purposes and should not be confused with the process of remote administration and desktop sharing.
In this sense RAT software is often used for illegal purposes and is commonly installed onto a system without the knowledge of the devices owner. In most cases, it takes the form of a virus or Trojan horse and will often operate in the background so that it cannot be picked up by security software on exists on the device.
While RAT is increasingly being used to access mobile phones, it can also be used to access:
* Gaming consoles
* Laptops and other computers
How RAT tools work
The main function of RAT tools is for a computer to gain access to another from a remote device. In this sense, one computer acts as the client application and the other as the host. Connections are managed through the computer network, and once connected; the host will have the ability to:
* Manage files that are on the computer. They can upload, download and organize files just as they were in front of the client computer.
* They can gain control in one of two ways; shell control through the command prompt or have total control
* Have control over registry management functions
* Have access to software and other functionality
Smartphone remote access tools
Computer hackers flock to what is popular. This is done because they will have the ability to infect as many devices as possible. And, since smartphones have exploded in popularity, they are an ideal target for Smartphone remote access tools.
Smartphone remote access tools are essentially malware and Trojan horses that have been altered to target mobile devices. Hackers use RATs to gain access and remote control of smartphones and other devices. And since these devices are relatively cheap to purchase underground, this has become a serious threat to all users in Canada and around the world.
How smartphone remote access tools work
In most cases, attackers can remote access to your smartphone through SMS messages. Therefore, users need to be more aware of the messages they open. Often, SMS messages are masked to appear as though they are coming from your mobile provider and ask users to install some form of update. When the message is click, malware or a Trojan is downloaded onto your phone instead of an update that users think they are downloading.
Once they have access to your phone, attackers have the ability to not only control your phone, but also:
* Intercept calls
* Record conversations
* Steal text messages
* Gain access to email
* Track users habits
* Uncover the user location
Smartphone security and RAT
Smartphone remote access tools have changed the mobile industry. These tools can quickly embed itself on your phone and expose your personal information and communication. To protect from potential intrusions, mobile users need to:
* Stay up to date with all the latest patches for their phones
* Educate themselves about mobile phishing attacks
* Be conscious of what they download onto their mobile phone
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