China Chopper is a Web Shell hosted on Web servers to provide access back into an enterprise network that does not rely on an infected system calling back to a remote command and control server.  It has been used by several threat groups.  
Created: 31 May 2017
Last Modified: 30 March 2020
|Enterprise||T1071||.001||Application Layer Protocol: Web Protocols|
|Enterprise||T1110||.001||Brute Force: Password Guessing|
|Enterprise||T1059||.003||Command and Scripting Interpreter: Windows Command Shell|
|Enterprise||T1005||Data from Local System|
|Enterprise||T1083||File and Directory Discovery|
|Enterprise||T1070||.006||Indicator Removal on Host: Timestomp|
|Enterprise||T1105||Ingress Tool Transfer|
|Enterprise||T1046||Network Service Scanning|
|Enterprise||T1027||.002||Obfuscated Files or Information: Software Packing|
|Enterprise||T1505||.003||Server Software Component: Web Shell|
Groups That Use This Software
- Lee, T., Hanzlik, D., Ahl, I. (2013, August 7). Breaking Down the China Chopper Web Shell - Part I. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
- Dell SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit Threat Intelligence. (2015, August 5). Threat Group-3390 Targets Organizations for Cyberespionage. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
- FireEye. (2018, March 16). Suspected Chinese Cyber Espionage Group (TEMP.Periscope) Targeting U.S. Engineering and Maritime Industries. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
- Counter Threat Unit Research Team. (2017, June 27). BRONZE UNION Cyberespionage Persists Despite Disclosures. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
- The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (CCCS), the New Zealand National Cyber Security Centre (NZ NCSC), CERT New Zealand, the UK National Cyber Security Centre (UK NCSC) and the US National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC). (2018, October 11). Joint report on publicly available hacking tools. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
- Pantazopoulos, N., Henry T. (2018, May 18). Emissary Panda – A potential new malicious tool. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
- Falcone, R. and Lancaster, T.. (2019, May 28). Emissary Panda Attacks Middle East Government Sharepoint Servers. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
- Cybereason Nocturnus. (2019, June 25). Operation Soft Cell: A Worldwide Campaign Against Telecommunications Providers. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
- Fraser, N., et al. (2019, August 7). Double DragonAPT41, a dual espionage and cyber crime operation APT41. Retrieved September 23, 2019.