Home Malware Programs Backdoors BKDR_HGDER.IK


Posted: July 17, 2013

Threat Metric

Ranking: 5,607
Threat Level: 1/10
Infected PCs: 1,906
First Seen: July 17, 2013
Last Seen: June 23, 2022
OS(es) Affected: Windows

BKDR_HGDER.IK is a backdoor Trojan that is involved in the attacks, which target Asian and European government agencies. Chinese media organizations are also hit by this malware attack. BKDR_HGDER.IK spreads via a fake email, which declares to be sent from the Chinese Ministry of National Defense, although it seems to have been sent from a Gmail account and does not use a Chinese name. The document inserted into the bogus email incorporates a malevolent attachment, which exploits a vulnerability (CVE-2012-0158) in Microsoft Office (all versions from Office 2003 to Office 2010 are affected) that was patched more than a year ago. The exploit is used to distribute BKDR_HGDER.IK onto the corrupted PC, which steals login credentials for websites and email accounts from Internet Explorer and Microsoft Outlook. It also opens a false genuine document, to make the victim think that nothing harmful happened. The stolen information is uploaded to two IP addresses, both of which are located in Hong Kong. The unsolicited email message was sent to 16 officials, which represent European countries alone. The subject of the spam email and the attached document is of interest to the targets.

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