HNS(Hide & Seek) IoT botnet attack victims network using router-based vulnerabilities such as  CVE-2016-10401 to propagate malicious code and steal the victim’s sensitive information.

HNS communication established through peer to peer network which one of the rare mechanism which is used by HNS as a second IoT Botnet after Hajime that is first IoT botnet that uses P2P communication.


Its very difficult task to take down the P2P network and there is a lot of updates has been implemented in HNS Botnet over the past months.

An updated version of HNS contains exploits for AVTECH devices (webcam, webcam), CISCO Linksys router, JAWS/1.0 web server, Apache CouchDB, OrientDB; with the two devices.

Also, HNS added the cpuminer mining program and also added support of OrientDB and CouchDB database.

So HNS Bonet is not only targeting the IoT devices but also it working against cross-platform and HNS presently supports 7 exploiting methods.

Also to avoid botnet attacks Enterprise Networks should choose the best DDoS Attack prevention services to ensure the DDoS attack protection and prevent their network.

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HNS Botnet Sample Analysis

An Initial stage of attack HNS botnet start scanning the targetted victims network and it borrows the code from powerful Mirai Botnet.

HNS  scanning for open ports including  TCP port 80/8080/2480/5984/23 and other random ports. According to 360 netlab, After implant the relevant ports the HNS will be utilizing the following exploits.

  1. TP-Link-Routers RCE
  2. Netgear RCE
  3. new: AVTECH RCE
  4. new: CISCO Linksys Router RCE
  5. new: JAW/1.0 RCE
  6. new: OrientDB RCE
  7. new: CouchDB RCE

Apart from this HNS node using 3 methods to contact to P2P, first one is from a hard-coded built-in list, second is from command-line args third one is from other P2P peers.

Check-in Process started with no Command line arguments then  HNS node will send lots of UPD check-in packets.

The Interaction Process in between HNS nodes with many characteristics to perform Peer to Peers interaction successfully and take down the victims network using various powerful router based exploits.

It using 171 hardcoded P2P peer address and the list is here.

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Malware Sample md5

c1816d141321276cd4621abcd280ee40    #hns x86
0770ff1a6e90eb5d083c16452e45abd5    #hns arm
30ebaaeb61a4ecae3ade7d1d4e5c7adb    #hns_miner 
BALAJI is an Ex-Security Researcher (Threat Research Labs) at Comodo Cybersecurity. Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder - Cyber Security News & GBHackers On Security.


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