StrifeWater is a remote-access tool that has been used by Moses Staff in the initial stages of their attacks since at least November 2021.[1]

ID: S1034
Platforms: Windows
Version: 1.0
Created: 15 August 2022
Last Modified: 11 October 2022

Techniques Used

Domain ID Name Use
Enterprise T1059 .003 Command and Scripting Interpreter: Windows Command Shell

StrifeWater can execute shell commands using cmd.exe.[1]

Enterprise T1005 Data from Local System

StrifeWater can collect data from a compromised host.[1]

Enterprise T1573 .001 Encrypted Channel: Symmetric Cryptography

StrifeWater can encrypt C2 traffic using XOR with a hard coded key.[1]

Enterprise T1041 Exfiltration Over C2 Channel

StrifeWater can send data and files from a compromised host to its C2 server.[1]

Enterprise T1083 File and Directory Discovery

StrifeWater can enumerate files on a compromised host.[1]

Enterprise T1070 .004 Indicator Removal: File Deletion

StrifeWater can self delete to cover its tracks.[1]

Enterprise T1105 Ingress Tool Transfer

StrifeWater can download updates and auxiliary modules.[1]

Enterprise T1036 .005 Masquerading: Match Legitimate Name or Location

StrifeWater has been named calc.exe to appear as a legitimate calculator program.[1]

Enterprise T1106 Native API

StrifeWater can use a variety of APIs for execution.[1]

Enterprise T1053 Scheduled Task/Job

StrifeWater has create a scheduled task named Mozilla\Firefox Default Browser Agent 409046Z0FF4A39CB for persistence.[1]

Enterprise T1113 Screen Capture

StrifeWater has the ability to take screen captures.[1]

Enterprise T1082 System Information Discovery

StrifeWater can collect the OS version, architecture, and machine name to create a unique token for the infected host.[1]

Enterprise T1033 System Owner/User Discovery

StrifeWater can collect the user name from the victim's machine.[1]

Enterprise T1124 System Time Discovery

StrifeWater can collect the time zone from the victim's machine.[1]

Enterprise T1497 .003 Virtualization/Sandbox Evasion: Time Based Evasion

StrifeWater can modify its sleep time responses from the default of 20-22 seconds.[1]

Groups That Use This Software

ID Name References
G1009 Moses Staff