back to article It costs just $7 to rent DCRat to backdoor your network

A budget-friendly remote access trojan (RAT) that's under active development is selling on underground Russian forums for about $7 for a two-month subscription, according to BlackBerry researchers today.  The backdoor Windows malware, dubbed DCRat or DarkCrystal RAT, was released in 2018, then redesigned and relaunched the …

  1. sreynolds


    Cheaper than teamviewer.

    1. Cederic Silver badge

      Re: Bargain...

      Sadly illegal to procure though - breach of current sanctions for my jurisdiction.

      1. Roland6 Silver badge

        Re: Bargain...

        Also, the ironic laugh is that if the author were to repackage the tool as a network PEN testing tool, they would probably be able to sell it legitimately for significantly more and have a queue of people prepared to have multi-year subscriptions...

  2. Anonymous Coward


    Malware as a service has become so ubiquitous that comments about promotional discounts, pricing structures, and customer service are now the norm in articles like this.

    Things change, things get worse.

    1. FlamingDeath Silver badge

      Re: MaaS

      At some point hoomans will realise conflict is a waste of everyones energy

      Assuming the hooman race is intelligent (it isn’t but lets pretend for a moment), all hooman conflict would have ceased the moment we realised we are roaming around on a sphere.

      I’ve heard the ouroboros symbol represents wisdom, you know, the snake eating its own tail?

      Ha ha, good one, “wisdom”, thats clearly not true

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It costs just $7 to rent DCRat to backdoor your Windows network


    1. doublelayer Silver badge

      Re: It costs just $7 to rent DCRat to backdoor your Windows network

      In this case, yes, but that's just the target the author of this tool has written for. Unless your saying that it's not possible to write and deploy a similar program on a non-Windows network, the statement doesn't contain much meaning. I know that's not what you're saying because that would be wrong; RATs for Mac OS, Linux, BSD, and less-often used OSes have been written and deployed with ease and are also available for purchase.

  4. SnOOpy168

    then perhaps someone has a rent-a-backdoorlock as a service at $29.95/mth to prevent this?

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Cheaper than a pizza

    "Our SaaS malware makes it easy to to hack in! Unlike that expensive Israeli malware. For less than the cost of two Marvel comic books, we offer you exciting tools to screw over other people and steal their money. Buy now, as we need to pay for our sophomore year textbooks."

    1. Plest Silver badge

      Re: Cheaper than a pizza

      It's so good seeing kids not wasting their time at uni, they're earning money to pay for their tuition and they're not having meaningless sex, drinking too much nor smoking a small Afghan patch of weed every month!

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