Ghost Rat (or Gh0st RAT) is a Trojan horse for the Windows platform that the operators of GhostNet used to hack into some of the most sensitive computer networks on Earth. It is a cyber spying computer program. The "Rat" part of the name refers to the software's ability to operate as a "Remote Administration Tool".
The GhostNet system disseminates malware to selected recipients via computer code attached to stolen emails and addresses, thereby expanding the network by allowing more computers to be infected. According to the Infowar Monitor (IWM), "GhostNet" infection causes computers to download a Trojan known as "Ghost Rat" that allows attackers to gain complete, real-time control. Such a computer can be controlled or inspected by its hackers, and even has the ability to turn on the camera and audio-recording functions of an infected computer that has such capabilities, enabling monitors to see and hear what goes on in a room.
- Computer surveillance
- Computer insecurity
- Cyber-security regulation
- Proactive Cyber Defence
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