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Blackshades RAT analysis finds key to popularity

Antone Gonsalves | July 11, 2014
An analysis of the notorious Blackshades remote administration tool, which was at the center of a global criminal network, found the toolkit rich in features bound to attract nontechnical criminals.

A typical Blackshades infection started with the victim being tricked through an email phishing attack to download a dropper, which would subsequently download and execute the RAT. The dropper was usually hidden in an attachment or on a compromised website.

Anti-virus software can spot and clean several variations of Blackshades. However, companies' best defense against future versions of the malware is to educate employees on what to avoid in email and on the Internet to prevent infection, Akamai said.


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