Remote File Copy

Files may be copied from one system to another to stage adversary tools or other files over the course of an operation. Files may be copied from an external adversary-controlled system through the Command and Control channel to bring tools into the victim network or onto the victim’s device.

ID: T1544
Sub-techniques:  No sub-techniques
Tactic Type: Post-Adversary Device Access
Tactic: Command And Control
Platforms: Android, iOS
Version: 1.0
Created: 21 January 2020
Last Modified: 21 January 2020

Procedure Examples

Name Description
Desert Scorpion

Desert Scorpion can upload attacker-specified files to the C2 server.[1]


Mandrake can install attacker-specified components or applications.[2]


Monokle can download attacker-specified files.[3]


ViceLeaker can download attacker-specified files.[4]


Mitigation Description
Application Vetting

Applications with network connections to unknown domains or IP addresses could be further scrutinized to detect unauthorized file copying. Further, some application vetting services may indicate precisely what content was requested during application execution.


Downloading remote files is common application behavior and is therefore typically undetectable to the end user.