Hacks and Incidents

Hesperbot: A New, Advanced Banking Trojan in the Wild

Hesperbot – A New, Advanced Banking Trojan in the Wild: Analysis of the threat revealed that we were dealing with a banking trojan, with similar functionality and identical goals to the infamous Zeus and SpyEye, but significant implementation differences indicated that this is a new malware family, not a variant of a previously known trojan.

Despite being a “new kid on the block”, it appears that Win32/Spy.Hesperbot is a very potent banking trojan which features common functionalities, such as keystroke logging, creation of screenshots and video capture, and setting up a remote proxy, but also includes some more advanced tricks, such as creating a hidden VNC server on the infected system. And of course the banking trojan feature list wouldn’t be complete without network traffic interception and HTML injection capabilities. Win32/Spy.Hesperbot does all this in quite a sophisticated manner.

When comparing the Czech sample to known malware in our collection, we discovered that we had already been detecting earlier variants generically as Win32/Agent.UXO for some time and that online banking users in the Czech Republic weren’t the only ones targeted by this malware. Banking institutions in Turkey and Portugal were also being targeted.

The aim of the attackers is to obtain login credentials giving access to the victim’s bank account and to get them to install a mobile component of the malware on their Symbian, Blackberry or Android phone. Keep reading for details on the malware spreading campaigns, their targets and for technical details on the trojan.