RAT Goes Phishing: Dissecting the Stealthy Techniques of REM Phishing RAT

The Forrester Wave™: Managed Detection and Response, Q2 2023

RAT Goes Phishing: Dissecting the Stealthy Techniques of REM Phishing RAT

In the clandestine realm of the dark web, a new and formidable digital adversary has emerged, known as the "REM Phishing RAT." This hybrid menace presents an alarming convergence of capabilities, combining the insidious nature of a Remote Access Trojan (RAT) with the cunning tactics of advanced phishing techniques. As cyber threats continue to evolve in complexity and sophistication, the discovery of REM Phishing RAT underscores the need for heightened vigilance and proactive defense in the digital landscape.

This report presents a comprehensive investigation into REM Phishing RAT, offering insights derived from two key perspectives. The initial phase delves into the threat intelligence arena, unraveling the journey undertaken to procure the malware sample from underground marketplaces. This section provides a glimpse into the actor's motivations, communication channels, and potential targets, thus contextualizing the overall threat landscape.

Key findings include:

  • REM Phishing RAT represents a paradigm shift in cyberattacks.
  • This intricate execution flow involving batch scripts and PowerShell commands demonstrates a calculated and well-orchestrated attack strategy.
  • A noteworthy attribute of REM Phishing RAT lies in its adeptness at obfuscation. 
  • Emphasis is placed on unraveling the layers of obfuscation and exposing the true capabilities embedded within the malware.

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