October 2018’s Most Wanted Malware: For The First Time, Remote Access Trojan Reaches Top 10 Threats

For the first time, Check Point threat intelligence researchers found that a remote access Trojan (RAT) has reached the Global Threat Index’s Top 10.  Dubbed “FlawedAmmyy”, this type of attack allows attackers to remotely control the victim’s machine– gaining full access to the machine’s camera and microphone, collecting screen grabs, stealing credentials and sensitive files, and intrusively monitoring the victims’ actions.

Over the last few months, Check Point researchers discovered a number of other campaigns distributing the FlawedAmmy RAT, but in October, the team found the most widespread Flawedammy RAT campaign yet seen, accounting for its surge. This is the first time that Check Point Threat Intelligence has seen this type of attack spread far enough to reach Global Threat Index’s top ten.

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Source: Check Point