Screen Capture

Adversaries may attempt to perform screen capture of devices in the control system environment. Screenshots may be taken of workstations, HMIs, or other devices that display environment-relevant process, device, reporting, alarm, or related data. These device displays may reveal information regarding the ICS process, layout, control, and related schematics. In particular, an HMI can provide a lot of important industrial process information. [1] Analysis of screen captures may provide the adversary with an understanding of intended operations and interactions between critical devices.

ID: T0852
Sub-techniques:  No sub-techniques
Tactic: Collection
Platforms: Human-Machine Interface
Version: 1.0
Created: 21 May 2020
Last Modified: 06 May 2022

Procedure Examples

ID Name Description

ALLANITE has been identified to collect and distribute screenshots of ICS systems such as HMIs. [2] [1]

G0064 APT33

APT33 utilize backdoors capable of capturing screenshots once installed on a system. [3] [4]


ID Mitigation Description
M0816 Mitigation Limited or Not Effective

Preventing screen capture on a device may require disabling various system calls supported by the operating systems (e.g., Microsoft WindowsGraphicsCaputer APIs), however, these may be needed for other critical applications.


ID Data Source Data Component
DS0017 Command Command Execution
DS0009 Process OS API Execution