Stealth Falcon

Stealth Falcon is a threat group that has conducted targeted spyware attacks against Emirati journalists, activists, and dissidents since at least 2012. Circumstantial evidence suggests there could be a link between this group and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government, but that has not been confirmed. [1]

ID: G0038
Version: 1.0

Techniques Used

Domain ID Name Use
Enterprise T1003 Credential Dumping Stealth Falcon malware gathers passwords from multiple sources, including Windows Credential Vault, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Outlook. [1]
Enterprise T1005 Data from Local System Stealth Falcon malware gathers data from the local victim system. [1]
Enterprise T1041 Exfiltration Over Command and Control Channel After data is collected by Stealth Falcon malware, it is exfiltrated over the existing C2 channel. [1]
Enterprise T1086 PowerShell Stealth Falcon malware uses PowerShell commands to perform various functions, including gathering system information via WMI and executing commands from its C2 server. [1]
Enterprise T1057 Process Discovery Stealth Falcon malware gathers a list of running processes. [1]
Enterprise T1012 Query Registry Stealth Falcon malware attempts to determine the installed version of .NET by querying the Registry. [1]
Enterprise T1053 Scheduled Task Stealth Falcon malware creates a scheduled task entitled “IE Web Cache” to execute a malicious file hourly. [1]
Enterprise T1064 Scripting Stealth Falcon malware uses PowerShell and WMI to script data collection and command execution on the victim. [1]
Enterprise T1071 Standard Application Layer Protocol Stealth Falcon malware communicates with its C2 server via HTTPS. [1]
Enterprise T1032 Standard Cryptographic Protocol Stealth Falcon malware encrypts C2 traffic using RC4 with a hard-coded key. [1]
Enterprise T1082 System Information Discovery Stealth Falcon malware gathers system information via WMI, including the system directory, build number, serial number, version, manufacturer, model, and total physical memory. [1]
Enterprise T1016 System Network Configuration Discovery Stealth Falcon malware gathers the Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) table from the victim. [1]
Enterprise T1033 System Owner/User Discovery Stealth Falcon malware gathers the registered user and primary owner name via WMI. [1]
Enterprise T1047 Windows Management Instrumentation Stealth Falcon malware gathers system information via Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI). [1]