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Rogue Malware Is An Android Users Worst Nightmare

By January 27, 2021May 11th, 2022Cybersecurity

Security researchers at Check Point have recently identified a new strain of malware that seems to be a Frankenstein’s Monster created by combining two older strains.

Dubbed ‘Rogue RAT,’ this deceptively simple bit of malicious code gives anyone who uses it the ability to record your calls, steal your passwords, read all of your messages (text or email) and more.

Even worse is the fact that the hackers behind the code are now selling it on the Dark Web for as little as $29.99 a copy. That’s grim news indeed, because it puts a surprisingly powerful hacking tool in the hands of anyone with thirty bucks to spare, whether they have any actual hacking skill or not.

At the root, Rogue RAT is a keylogger, allowing a hacker to infect a target system and keep track, keystroke by keystroke, everything the user does on that system. Every time the user logs into his or her bank, or any other password protected sites, the controllers of the malware wind up with that information. It gives them the keys to the target’s virtual kingdom and allowing them to cause no end of trouble for an unwary or unobservant victim.

Recent updates to Rogue RAT also allow it to monitor the GPS position of the target, activate the camera to take pictures, activate the mic to record phone calls or in-person conversations happening within proximity of the infected device, and more.

Complicating the issue further is the fact that since it’s widely available, there’s no one preferred method of infection. That depends on the person who bought the malware. Although in practice, many use simple phishing techniques, attaching a poisoned file to an email and relying on social engineering techniques to tempt the recipient into opening the file.

In any case, Rogue RAT is a legitimate danger and should not be dismissed or discounted. Ignore it at your peril.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.