In Digital Assassination we chronicle the exploits of Luis Mijangos, who went to prison for using Remote Administration Tools (RAT) to steal stored erotic images from hundreds of women. As an adept RAT, Mijangos used their webcams to spy on them – sometimes blackmailing them with secrets learned on their computers to persuade them to perform sexual acts for him.
RATs were once exotic. Now they are common. In this Ars Technica piece, Nate Anderson shows how easy and pervasively available this technology is. Even more disturbing, a RAT culture has emerged in which tools are shared and victims – called “slaves” – are traded or rented out.