Hackers Abuse TeamViewer to Launch Ransomware Attacks

Hackers exploit TeamViewer because it gives remote access to systems and allows threat actors to control them.

This can be used for several illicit purposes like illegal data access, system manipulation, and virus distribution. 

Besides this, the widespread use of TeamViewer makes it an attractive target for threat actors who are actively seeking to exploit vulnerabilities and conduct social engineering attacks.

Cybersecurity researchers at Huntress recently identified that threat actors have been actively abusing the TeamViewer to launch ransomware attacks.

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Hackers Abuse TeamViewer

The SOC analysts at Huntress recently alerted about  2 endpoints hit by ransomware with minimal impact, no threat actor reconnaissance or lateral movement. However, security software managed to prevent threat actor’s actions.

TeamViewer enabled threat actor access to endpoints A and B. Logs reveal a common source endpoint name connecting to both with timestamps for sessions:- 

  • A (7½ mins)
  • B (10+ mins)

Past incidents involved TeamViewer for crypto miner deployment and curl.exe for data exfiltration.

In endpoint ‘A,’ legitimate admin accesses were noted, and endpoint ‘B,’ with the last TeamViewer login three months prior, saw the threat actor’s access in a 10-minute session. 

For data exfiltration, the previous incidents have linked TeamViewer to threat actors deploying crypto miners and employing curl.exe.

Log entry points (Source - Huntress)
Log entry points (Source – Huntress)

The first ransomware distribution on both endpoints began with a DOS batch file, “PP.bat,” launched from the user’s desktop.

In turn, the above-mentioned batch file ran the following “rundll32.exe” command:-

  • rundll32  C:\Users\user\Desktop\LB3_Rundll32_pass.dll,gdll -pass <32-char password>

Endpoint A’s ransomware impact was restricted solely to that endpoint. On B, security software blocked the threat actor, leading to multiple failed attempts to encrypt files. 

The log messages revealed the quarantine of a DLL file that prompted the threat actor to make useless attempts to launch another file that was eventually quarantined.

However, the key security relies on tracking assets by encompassing physical and virtual endpoints and installed apps.

IOCs

  • WIN-8GPEJ3VGB8U – threat actor endpoint name, retrieved from TeamViewer connections_incoming.txt log
  • LB3_Rundll32_pass.dll (from endpoint A) SHA256: 60ab8cec19fb2d1ab588d02a412e0fe7713ad89b8e9c6707c63526c7768fd362

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Tushar is a Cyber security content editor with a passion for creating captivating and informative content. With years of experience under his belt in Cyber Security, he is covering Cyber Security News, technology and other news.