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AhMyth RAT

Posted: August 3, 2020

Smartphone devices have become a very attractive target for cybercriminals. In the past few years, cybersecurity experts have had to deal with a wide range of malware that targets Android devices exclusively. Usually, cybercriminals stick to using Android Banking Trojans and adware, but sometimes they introduce more advanced projects such as the AhMyth RAT that was released online three years ago. The unique thing about AhMyth is that its operators published online the full source code of the threat – this means that any cybercriminal with a basic programming background can compile the threatening software, and use it as they see fit. Hundreds of cybercriminals have either used the pre-made AhMyth RAT or reworked it according to their needs. This has turned this project into one of the most popular Android Remote Access Trojan families.

The Open-Source AhMyth RAT has Inspired Other Android Trojans

Since the AhMyth RAT is being used by different cybercriminals worldwide, it may be spread online via all trick kinds. In the past, the AhMyth RAT was found on the Google Play Store disguised as a radio listening or music streaming application. It also has been hosted on 3rd-party application stores with a questionable reputation, and in some cases, it was spread via online Android forums. One of the latest campaigns aimed at spreading the AhMyth Android RAT was carried out by advertising fake COVID-19 contact tracing applications. The threatening APK files carrying AhMyth RAT's components look just like legitimate Android applications, and userswill not perceive anything out of the ordinary, probably, unless they are using an up-to-date Android security application.

The Threatening Implant Gives Attackers Access to Files, Camera, Microphone, Text Messages and More

In terms of features, the AhMyth RAT has a lot to offer to the cybercriminals that use it. Some of the project's core features include:

  • Accessing the phone rear and front camera and using them to take photos or videos.
  • Accessing the Android file system – modifying, reading, deleting and collecting files.
  • Using the phone's microphone to record audio and transfer it to the attacker's server.
  • Accessing the GPS sensor to find out the phone's approximate coordinates.
  • Hijacking the contact list, and sending pre-made messages to all contacts – this may be used to send the AhMyth RAT to more people.
  • Hijacking the phone's text messages – attackers can intercept and read messages before the user sees them.
  • Accessing call logs.

The AhMyth RAT is very stealthy, and you are unlikely to notice its presence on your phone without using reputable anti-virus software. It is recommended to keep your smartphone safe by being more careful with the application you install, as well as making sure that you are using an up-to-date Android security application.

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