Trojan Utilizes TeamViewer Remote PC Control Software

Monday, January 17, 2011



A popular remote PC control software has apparently been usurped for use in a banking Trojan that was recently used in an unauthorized transaction that affected a large un-named Russian company.

Aleksandr Matrosov of computer forensics specialists Group-IB has discovered that the Sheldon Trojan is utilizing the TeamViewer remote control software, according to a post by David Harley posted at the ESET Threat Blog.

The use of the TeamViewer 5.0 standalone component allows the attacker to create a command shell on the infected machine.

The hacker can then execute command and control functions including shutting down the Windows operating system software and erasing traces of the bot's presence.

"It was used in an incident related to the theft of money by way of an unauthorized accounting transaction affecting a major Russian company. The dropper installs a backdoor in %WINDIR% and runs as server in console mode. One component of TeamViewer is modified in order to inject code into tv.dll, communicating through the administrative control panel... it's disquieting but not surprising to see widely-used remote access tools misused for criminal purposes," Harley writes.

The Trojan's use of the otherwise legitimate TeamViewer remote access software allows the intruder to bypass authentication protocols and is alleged to have been key to the successful exploit against the Russian company.


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