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Compromise 3rd party infrastructure to support delivery

Instead of buying, leasing, or renting infrastructure an adversary may compromise infrastructure and use it for some or all of the attack cycle. [1] [2]

ID: T1334
Tactic: Establish & Maintain Infrastructure
Version: 1.0
Created: 14 December 2017
Last Modified: 26 October 2018

Similar Techniques by Tactic

Tactic Technique
Adversary Opsec Compromise 3rd party infrastructure to support delivery

Procedure Examples

Name Description
APT1

APT1 compromised a vast set of 3rd party victim hop points as part of their network infrastructure.[4]

APT1

APT1 hijacked FQDNs associated with legitimate websites hosted by hop points. Mandiant considers them to be "hijacked" since they were originally registered for a legitimate reason but were used by APT1 for malicious purposes.[4]

APT16

APT16 has compromised otherwise legitimate sites as staging servers for second-stage payloads.[3]

Detection

Detectable by Common Defenses (Yes/No/Partial): No

Explanation: Defender will not have visibility on 3rd party sites unless target is successfully enticed to visit one.

Difficulty for the Adversary

Easy for the Adversary (Yes/No): Yes

Explanation: Commonly used technique currently (e.g., [https://www.wordpress.com WordPress] sites) as precursor activity to launching attack against intended target (e.g., acquiring botnet or layers of proxies for reducing attribution possibilities).

References

  1. Pierluigi Paganini. (2014, February 15). FireEye discovered a new watering hole attack based on 0-day exploit. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  2. Darien Kindlund, Xiaobo Chen, Mike Scott, Ned Moran, Dan Caselden. (2014, February 13). Operation SnowMan: DeputyDog Actor Compromises US Veterans of Foreign Wars Website. Retrieved March 28, 2017.