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The Poison Ivy Remote Access Tool (RAT) - often considered a tool for novice "script kiddies" - has become a ubiquitous feature of cyber-espionage campaigns, according to experts. Research by malware protection firm FireEye has revealed that the tool served as lynchpin of many sophisticated cyber attacks, including the …

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  1. Anomalous Cowshed

    What to do about these RAT things?

    Even the experts don't know how to deal with them. The other day, a senior industry source was heard saying:

    "There's a rat in the kitchen, what am I going to do?"

    Twice.

    After which, losing all sense of proportion and decorum, he went on to say:

    "I'm going to kill the rat, that's what I'm going to do, I'm going to kill the rat..."

    Before starting to hum and gyrate and nod back and forth in a frankly alarming way, suggesting he had been drinking too much red, red wine.

    1. Sir Runcible Spoon Silver badge

      Re: What to do about these RAT things?

      Considering some of the other lyrics in that song, I felt the final verse to be rather fitting (if aimed at certain entities)..

      "You invade my space

      Make me feel disgraced

      And you just don't give a damn

      If I had my way

      If I had my say

      I'd like to see you hang "

  2. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    When do we get a white paper from the NSA ?

    This is actual cyber-terrorism, is it not ? Or does the fact that this is a threat against companies and citizens, not government, make this a non-item for NSA surveillance ?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: When do we get a white paper from the NSA ?

      well for a long time the white paper on NSA/BND RATs was at http://www.gliif.org/LI_standards/TR_TKUE_English_V4_0.pdf

      but now it seems to have moved! There are also more RATTy details at http://surveillance.rsf.org/en/gamma-international/

      The RAT is used by LI against people/organisations - and can UPLOAD anything they care to do so, then do a Snowden and delete the logs. So you're right it is Cyberterrorism but NSA already hold the high-ground?

    2. Robert Helpmann?? Silver badge
      Childcatcher

      Re: When do we get a white paper from the NSA ?

      This is actual cyber-terrorism, is it not?

      Yes, it is pure, naked aggression.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Coordinated attacks on software flaws ..

    Who is going to protect us from all these Lienex software flaws ..

    1. itzman

      Re: Coordinated attacks on software flaws ..

      if you look at the references, the software flaws were all in windows/OSX machines...

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