Threat Description

Trojan:​W32/DNSChanger

Details

Aliases: Trojan:​W32/DNSChanger
Category: Malware
Type: Trojan
Platform: W32

Summary



Trojan:W32/DNSChanger will change the infected system's Domain Name Server (DNS) settings in order to divert traffic to unsolicited, and potentially illegal sites.



Removal



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Technical Details



The trojan is usually a small file (about 1.5 kilobytes) that is designed to change the 'NameServer' Registry key value to a custom IP address. This IP address is usually encrypted in the body of a trojan.

As a result of this change, a victim's computer will contact the newly assigned DNS server to resolve names of different webservers.


Variant: Trojan.Win32.DNSChanger.al

Lately we got a few samples of this trojan that were named 'PayPal-2.5.200-MSWin32-x86-2005.exe'. This trojan was programmed to change the DNS server name of a victim's computer to 193.227.227.218 address.

The Registry key that is affected by this trojan is:

  • [HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces] "NameServer"

Other registry modifications made involve creating these keys:

  • HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces\{random} DhcpNameServer = 85.255.xx.xxx,85.255.xxx.xxx
  • HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces\{random} NameServer = 85.255.xxx.133,85.255.xxx.xxx
  • HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\ DhcpNameServer = 85.255.xxx.xxx,85.255.xxx.xxx
  • HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\ NameServer = 85.255.xxx.xxx,85.255.xxx.xxx





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