Police Arrest Suspect For Use of Remote Access Trojans


Police have a 28 year old man in Lelystad arrested on suspicion of using Remote Access Trojans. Two homes and a commercial building were also searched by the police, where administration, data carriers and two cars were seized.


Via a Remote Access Trojan (RAT) it is possible to gain full control over victims' computers. Police say the 28-year-old man is a "major user" of such malware, but no further details are given. Reference is made to the international police action that was carried out in 2019 against the Imminent Monitor Remote Access Trojan (IM-RAT). At the time, the police carried out searches of users and sellers of IM-RAT. The website on which the malware was offered was also taken offline.


The police give internet users several tips to prevent infection by a RAT. For example, it is recommended not to open unknown attachments or URLs, to install security updates, to keep copies of passports and driving licenses only on external hard drives that are not connected to the computer and to cover the webcam with a sticker.

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