Imminent Monitor

Imminent Monitor was a commodity remote access tool (RAT) offered for sale from 2012 until 2019, when an operation was conducted to take down the Imminent Monitor infrastructure. Various cracked versions and variations of this RAT are still in circulation.[1]

ID: S0434
Type: TOOL
Platforms: Windows
Contributors: Jose Luis Sánchez Martinez
Version: 1.1
Created: 05 May 2020
Last Modified: 03 October 2023

Techniques Used

Domain ID Name Use
Enterprise T1123 Audio Capture

Imminent Monitor has a remote microphone monitoring capability.[1][2]

Enterprise T1059 Command and Scripting Interpreter

Imminent Monitor has a CommandPromptPacket and ScriptPacket module(s) for creating a remote shell and executing scripts.[2]

Enterprise T1555 .003 Credentials from Password Stores: Credentials from Web Browsers

Imminent Monitor has a PasswordRecoveryPacket module for recovering browser passwords.[2]

Enterprise T1140 Deobfuscate/Decode Files or Information

Imminent Monitor has decoded malware components that are then dropped to the system.[2]

Enterprise T1041 Exfiltration Over C2 Channel

Imminent Monitor has uploaded a file containing debugger logs, network information and system information to the C2.[2]

Enterprise T1083 File and Directory Discovery

Imminent Monitor has a dynamic debugging feature to check whether it is located in the %TEMP% directory, otherwise it copies itself there.[2]

Enterprise T1564 .001 Hide Artifacts: Hidden Files and Directories

Imminent Monitor has a dynamic debugging feature to set the file attribute to hidden.[2]

Enterprise T1562 .001 Impair Defenses: Disable or Modify Tools

Imminent Monitor has a feature to disable Windows Task Manager.[1]

Enterprise T1070 .004 Indicator Removal: File Deletion

Imminent Monitor has deleted files related to its dynamic debugger feature.[2]

Enterprise T1056 .001 Input Capture: Keylogging

Imminent Monitor has a keylogging module.[1]

Enterprise T1106 Native API

Imminent Monitor has leveraged CreateProcessW() call to execute the debugger.[2]

Enterprise T1027 Obfuscated Files or Information

Imminent Monitor has encrypted the spearphish attachments to avoid detection from email gateways; the debugger also encrypts information before sending to the C2.[2]

Enterprise T1057 Process Discovery

Imminent Monitor has a "Process Watcher" feature to monitor processes in case the client ever crashes or gets closed.[1]

Enterprise T1021 .001 Remote Services: Remote Desktop Protocol

Imminent Monitor has a module for performing remote desktop access.[2]

Enterprise T1496 Resource Hijacking

Imminent Monitor has the capability to run a cryptocurrency miner on the victim machine.[1]

Enterprise T1125 Video Capture

Imminent Monitor has a remote webcam monitoring capability.[1][2]

Groups That Use This Software

ID Name References
G0099 APT-C-36


G1018 TA2541