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Researchers find cross-platform RAT for Windows, Android
A remote access tool used to commandeer a Windows PC has been found to also include an Android component, an indication that hackers are seeking cross-platform RATs for PCs and mobile devices, a researcher says.
The Android application package file (APK) was found in the WinSpy RAT sold on the Web. Such tools are legal, but are often used in malware.
FireEye spotted WinSpy in an email sent to a U.S. financial institution during a spear-phishing attack. In examining the application, FireEye found that it also contained the Android APK.
The authors likely made the application cross-platform because of a growing demand among attackers for Android-based RATs, Nart Villeneuve, senior threat intelligence researcher for FireEye, said. Other recently discovered RATs have been built exclusively for Android. Examples include Dendroid, AndroRAT and GimmeRAT.
“What’s interesting is to see Android functionality built into a normal Windows RAT,” Villeneuve said. “I think that’s a trend we’re going to see more and more—a demand for cross-platform RATs.”
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