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Data from Network Shared Drive

Sensitive data can be collected from remote systems via shared network drives (host shared directory, network file server, etc.) that are accessible from the current system prior to Exfiltration.

Adversaries may search network shares on computers they have compromised to find files of interest. Interactive command shells may be in use, and common functionality within cmd may be used to gather information.

ID: T1039
Tactic: Collection
Platform: Linux, macOS, Windows
System Requirements: Privileges to access network shared drive
Data Sources: File monitoring, Process monitoring, Process command-line parameters
Version: 1.0
Created: 31 May 2017
Last Modified: 17 October 2018

Procedure Examples

Name Description

When it first starts, BADNEWS crawls the victim's mapped drives and collects documents with the following extensions: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .ppt, .pptx, and .txt.[1]


BRONZE BUTLER has exfiltrated files stolen from file shares.[5]


CosmicDuke steals user files from network shared drives with file extensions and keywords that match a predefined list.[2]


menuPass has collected data from remote systems by mounting network shares with net use and using Robocopy to transfer data.[3]


Sowbug extracted Word documents from a file server on a victim network.[4]


This type of attack technique cannot be easily mitigated with preventive controls since it is based on the abuse of system features.


Monitor processes and command-line arguments for actions that could be taken to collect files from a network share. Remote access tools with built-in features may interact directly with the Windows API to gather data. Data may also be acquired through Windows system management tools such as Windows Management Instrumentation and PowerShell.