NetWire, which first surfaced in 2012, is a well-known malware (Netwire Malware). It is also one of the most active ones around.
- It is a remote access trojan, or RAT, which gives control of the infected system to an attacker. Such malware can log keystrokes and compromise passwords.
- Malware, according to cybersecurity experts, essentially does two things. One is data exfiltration, which means stealing data. Most anti-virus software is equipped to prevent this. The other involves infiltrating a system, and this has proven to be far more challenging for anti-virus software.
- NetWire is described as an off-the-shelf malware, while something like Pegasus, which used a bug in WhatsApp to infiltrate users’ phones in 2019, is custom-made and sold to nations.