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RAT attack on Israeli police dissected by Trend Micro

A Trojan used in an attack that reportedly caused Israeli police to shut down headquarters computers last week has been examined by security company Trend Micro.

The Trojan, called 'Xtreme RAT' by Trend Micro, was spammed out in an email purporting to come from the head of the Israel Defense Forces, Benny Gatz,

The email contained a RAR attachment infected with the RAT (Remote Access Trojan), Trend Micro said in a blog post on Tuesday. The Trojan, which had data-stealing capabilities, appeared to have been used in attacks on Syrian anti-government activists, said the company.

The newest version of the Trojan had Windows 8 compatibility, improved Chrome and Firefox password grabbing, and free updates from the developer.

Israeli police computers were offline from Thursday last week and had not been fully restored on Sunday, the Times of Israel reported.