Open-Source Xeno RAT Trojan Emerges as a Potent Threat on GitHub

A new emergence of the Xeno RAT Trojan, a highly intricate remote access tool that has surfaced on GitHub. Crafted by an individual moom825, this RAT developed entirely from scratch in C#, boasts a comprehensive suite of functionalities tailored for remote system management. Noteworthy features include a SOCKS5 reverse proxy, real time audio recording capability, and a hidden virtual network computing (hVNC) module akin to DarkVNC . This enables attackers to gain surreptitious remote access to compromised systems.

What sets Xeno RAT apart is its versatility it comes equipped with a builder that facilitates the customization of malware variants, ensuring a tailored approach to each attack. The Trojan’s availability on Github means its freely accessible to malicious actors, posing a significant threat.

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Moreover, Cyfirma’s recent report underscores the growing trend of RAT-based attacks, citing instances of Xeno RAT being disseminated via the Discord content delivery network. These campaigns often employ social engineering tactics, such as disguising malicious payloads as innocuous files like WhatsApp screenshots. The multi-stage attack vectors leverage techniques like DLL side-loading to evade detection and establish persistence on targeted systems.

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To reduce the risks associated with Xeno RAT malware, researchers at Cyfirma recommend users to exercise caution when opening files from untrustworthy sources or clicking on unfamiliar links, particularly those offering questionable software or content. Furthermore, deploying robust cybersecurity measures, including utilizing reputable antivirus software, ensuring software is regularly updated, and staying vigilant against social engineering tactics, can significantly bolster protection against such threats.