Adversaries may collect data stored in the Windows clipboard from users copying information within or between applications.
Applications can access clipboard data by using the Windows API. 
OSX provides a native command,
pbpaste, to grab clipboard contents .
This type of attack technique cannot be easily mitigated with preventive controls since it is based on the abuse of system features.
|Agent Tesla||Agent Tesla can steal data from the victim’s clipboard.   |
|APT38||APT38 used a Trojan called KEYLIME to collect data from the clipboard. |
|Astaroth||Astaroth collects information from the clipboard by using the OpenClipboard() and GetClipboardData() libraries. |
|Catchamas||Catchamas steals data stored in the clipboard. |
|CosmicDuke||CosmicDuke copies and exfiltrates the clipboard contents every 30 seconds. |
|DarkComet||DarkComet can steal data from the clipboard. |
|Empire||Empire can harvest clipboard data on both Windows and macOS systems. |
|Helminth||The executable version of Helminth has a module to log clipboard contents. |
|JHUHUGIT||A JHUHUGIT variant accesses a screenshot saved in the clipboard and converts it to a JPG image. |
|jRAT||jRAT can capture clipboard data. |
|Koadic||Koadic can retrieve the current content of the user clipboard. |
|KONNI||KONNI had a feature to steal data from the clipboard. |
|MacSpy||MacSpy can steal clipboard contents. |
|Remcos||Remcos steals and modifies data from the clipboard. |
|Remexi||Remexi collects text from the clipboard. |
|RTM||RTM collects data from the clipboard. |
|RunningRAT||RunningRAT contains code to open and copy data from the clipboard. |
|TinyZBot||TinyZBot contains functionality to collect information from the clipboard. |
|VERMIN||VERMIN collects data stored in the clipboard. |
|Zeus Panda||Zeus Panda can hook GetClipboardData function to watch for clipboard pastes to collect. |
Access to the clipboard is a legitimate function of many applications on a Windows system. If an organization chooses to monitor for this behavior, then the data will likely need to be correlated against other suspicious or non-user-driven activity.
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