Chinese state-sponsored hackers breached TeamViewer in 2016

Posted on May 18, 2019

Chinese state-sponsored hackers breached TeamViewer in 2016

The German newspaper Der Spiegel revealed that the software company behind TeamViewer was compromised in 2016 by Chinese hackers. According to the media outlet, Chinese state-sponsored hackers used the Winnti trojan malware to infect the systems of the Company.

The Winnti group was first spotted by Kaspersky in 2013, according to the researchersthe gang has been active since 2007. The gang is financially-motivated and was mostly involved in cyber espionage campaigns. The hackers were known for targeting companies in theonline gaming industry, the majority of the victims is located in Southeast Asia.

The Winnti cyberespionage group is known for its ability in targeting supply chains of legitimate software to spread malware. According to the company, it was targeted by the hackers in autumn 2016, when its experts detected suspicious activities were quickly blocked them to prevent major damages.