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.
|Agent Tesla||Agent Tesla can collect the timestamp from the victim’s machine. |
|Astaroth||Astaroth collects the timestamp from the infected machine. |
|Azorult||Azorult can collect the time zone information from the system.  |
BRONZE BUTLER has used
|Cannon||Cannon can collect the current time zone information from the victim’s machine. |
Carbon uses the command
Epic uses the
|EvilBunny||EvilBunny has used the API calls NtQuerySystemTime, GetSystemTimeAsFileTime, and GetTickCount to check to see if the malware is running in a sandbox. |
|FELIXROOT||FELIXROOT gathers the time zone information from the victim’s machine. |
|GravityRAT||GravityRAT can obtain the date and time of a system. |
|HOPLIGHT||HOPLIGHT has been observed collecting system time from victim machines. |
|InvisiMole||InvisiMole gathers the local system time from the victim’s machine. |
|Lazarus Group||A Destover-like implant used by Lazarus Group can obtain the current system time and send it to the C2 server. |
|MoonWind||MoonWind obtains the victim's current time. |
|NOKKI||NOKKI can collect the current timestamp of the victim's machine. |
|OopsIE||OopsIE checks to see if the system is configured with "Daylight" time and checks for a specific region to be set for the timezone. |
|PowerDuke||PowerDuke has commands to get the time the machine was built, the time, and the time zone. |
|Proxysvc||As part of the data reconnaissance phase, Proxysvc grabs the system time to send back to the control server. |
|RTM||RTM can obtain the victim time zone. |
|Shamoon||Shamoon obtains the system time and will only activate if it is greater than a preset date. |
|StoneDrill||StoneDrill can obtain the current date and time of the victim machine. |
|T9000||T9000 gathers and beacons the system time during installation. |
|The White Company||The White Company has checked the current date on the victim system. |
Turla surveys a system upon check-in to discover the system time by using the
|UPPERCUT||UPPERCUT has the capability to obtain the time zone information and current timestamp of the victim’s machine. |
|Zebrocy||Zebrocy gathers the current time zone and date information from the system. |
|Zeus Panda||Zeus Panda collects the current system time (UTC) and sends it back to the C2 server. |
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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