System Time Discovery
An adversary may gather the system time and/or time zone from a local or remote system. This information may be gathered in a number of ways, such as with Net on Windows by performing
net time \hostname to gather the system time on a remote system. The victim's time zone may also be inferred from the current system time or gathered by using
w32tm /tz.  The information could be useful for performing other techniques, such as executing a file with a Scheduled Task , or to discover locality information based on time zone to assist in victim targeting.
This type of attack technique cannot be easily mitigated with preventive controls since it is based on the abuse of system features.
Command-line interface monitoring may be useful to detect instances of net.exe or other command-line utilities being used to gather system time or time zone. Methods of detecting API use for gathering this information are likely less useful due to how often they may be used by legitimate software.
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