A remote administration tool (RAT) which bypasses normal security mechanisms to secretly control a program, computer or network.
Once detected, the F-Secure security product will automatically disinfect the suspect file by either deleting it or renaming it.
This malware may arrive as a file downloaded from a malicious website, or as a message received over an instant messaging application such as MSN messenger, AIM, or AIM Triton.
Upon execution, the malware will drop a copy of itself into the Windows folder as:
It creates an entry in the registry, which allows the malware to start automatically:
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\ Windows svchost = servicean.exe
It then checks the following processes:
The malware will search the process memory for the following strings:
- RFB 003.008
It will terminate the processes in the process memory if found.
It then immediately attempts to connect to a specific channel on a specific IRC server, which the unauthorized remote user is using to access and control any infected machines.
Once connected to the IRC server, the infected machine is ready to accept and execute commands from the remote user. The remote user can perform a variety of actions such as:
- Enabling or disabling propagation via MSN Messenger
- Disabling propagation
- Enabling or disabling propagation via AIM
- Enabling or disabling propagation via AIM Triton
- Reporting uptime of the bot
- Retrieving running threads (its propagation thread like MSN Thread, Bot Killer Thread)
- Downloading a file from the bot controller
- Getting updates from the bot controller
- Killing other bots
- Launching a process
Attempts to connect to:
- IRC SERVER: hub.[...]hacksite.us
- Channel: ##xxxxxx
- User: 'Currently Logged User Name' : 'Computer Name'