A successful new operation was announced by Europol, it announced to have dismantled the global organized cybercrime ring behind Imminent Monitor RAT.
Europol announced to have dismantled the global organized cybercrime ring behind the Imminent Monitor RAT,
The Imminent Monitor RAT is a hacking tool that allows threat actors to remotely control the victim’s computers, it could be used to carry out various malicious actions, including:
- recording keystrokes,
- stealing data and passwords from browsers,
- spying on victims via their webcams,
- download/execute files,
- disabling anti-virus and anti-malware software,
- terminate running processes,
- and perform dozens of other actions.
The international operation conducted by law enforcement agencies
The investigation sees the participation of the Australian Federal Police (AFP), the Europol and the
According to the authorities, the popular hacking tool was used across 124 countries where it was bought by more than 14 500 hackers, that now after the operation will no longer be able to use it.
“Search warrants were executed in Australia and Belgium in June 2019 against the developer and one employee of IM-RAT. Subsquently, an international week of actions was carried out this November, resulting in the takedown of the Imminent Monitor infrastructure and the arrest at this stage of 13 of the most prolific users of this Remote Access Trojan (RAT).” reads the press release published by the Europol. “Over 430 devices were seized and forensic analysis of the large number of computers and IT equipment seized continues.”
The police seized the infrastructure used by the organization behind the Imminent Monitor RAT and seized over 430 devices used by the gang and its customers.
Imminent Monitor RAT was very popular because it is ease of use, and it is very cheap, it was offered for as little as $25 with lifetime access.
“We now live in a world where, for just US$25, a
“The global law enforcement cooperation we have seen in this case is integral to tackling criminal groups who develop such tools. It is also important to remember that some basic steps can prevent you from falling victim to such spyware: we continue to urge the public to ensure their operating systems and security software are up to date.”
The law enforcement speculates hackers using the hacking tool to steal personal details, passwords, private photographs, video footage, and data from tens of thousands of victims.
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