RATs Crew was one of the first groups on Hack Forums. The group centered around Remote Administration Tools (RATs) and assisting users in the Remote Administration Tools section of the forum. They were infamously known for their name. The crew was originally formed as a non-official group on July 9th, 2008.
The RATs Crew and their leaders traditionally only recruited those that were active within the Remote Administration Tools subforum. They were generally a more popular group in their prime. Assisting the aforementioned claim are three of the top most replied threads in the subforum, obtaining nearly 1,000+ replies on each individual thread which were posted in the group’s name.
Despite the actual branding of the usergroup and what most people might think, you didn't need to be an active user of said tools to be a member of the organization. In fact, there was a thread created, stating that even the owner of the group himself no longer actively used these malicious programs. The group simply wanted those who were knowledgeable of Remote Administration Tools. Originally, the group was run by Zach and xerotic. Overtime, as the group started to grow in popularity, more leaders were added to help with recruitment, such as Qwazz, Zɛus, and Swag. Each of these members played a role in the group’s recruitment
The RATs Crew contributed a surplus of tools and programs for the forum’s disposal, those of which were also very popular themselves. Later, in 2012, Omniscient released the follow statement on Twitter: "RATs Crew is deleted. I'm not going to put up with any BS from its leaders." Following this post, the group was then promptly closed, and the RATs Crew was history.