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T1007 System Service Discovery

Adversaries may try to gather information about registered local system services. Adversaries may obtain information about services using tools as well as OS utility commands such as sc query, tasklist /svc, systemctl –type=service, and net start.

Adversaries may use the information from System Service Discovery during automated discovery to shape follow-on behaviors, including whether or not the adversary fully infects the target and/or attempts specific actions.

Item Value
ID T1007
Tactics TA0007
Platforms Linux, Windows, macOS
Version 1.5
Created 31 May 2017
Last Modified 03 April 2023

Procedure Examples

ID Name Description
G0018 admin@338 admin@338 actors used the following command following exploitation of a machine with LOWBALL malware to obtain information about services: net start >> %temp%\download59
G0006 APT1 APT1 used the commands net start and tasklist to get a listing of the services on the system.55
G0143 Aquatic Panda Aquatic Panda has attempted to discover services for third party EDR products.54
S0638 Babuk Babuk can enumerate all services running on a compromised host.25
S0127 BBSRAT BBSRAT can query service configuration information.36
S0570 BitPaymer BitPaymer can enumerate existing Windows services on the host that are configured to run as LocalSystem.33
S1070 Black Basta Black Basta can check whether the service name FAX is present.15
G0060 BRONZE BUTLER BRONZE BUTLER has used TROJ_GETVERSION to discover system services.57
S0572 Caterpillar WebShell Caterpillar WebShell can obtain a list of the services from a system.12
G0114 Chimera Chimera has used net start and net use for system service discovery.48
S0154 Cobalt Strike Cobalt Strike can enumerate services on compromised hosts.29
S0244 Comnie Comnie runs the command: net start >> %TEMP%\info.dat on a victim.38
S0625 Cuba Cuba can query service status using QueryServiceStatusEx function.7
S1066 DarkTortilla DarkTortilla can retrieve information about a compromised system’s running services.24
S0024 Dyre Dyre has the ability to identify running services on a compromised host.32
G1006 Earth Lusca Earth Lusca has used Tasklist to obtain information from a compromised host.51
S0081 Elise Elise executes net start after initial communication is made to the remote server.39
S0082 Emissary Emissary has the capability to execute the command net start to interact with services.17
S0091 Epic Epic uses the tasklist /svc command to list the services on the system.16
S0049 GeminiDuke GeminiDuke collects information on programs and services on the victim that are configured to automatically run at startup.19
S0237 GravityRAT GravityRAT has a feature to list the available services on the system.30
S0342 GreyEnergy GreyEnergy enumerates all Windows services.11
S1027 Heyoka Backdoor Heyoka Backdoor can check if it is running as a service on a compromised host.14
S0431 HotCroissant HotCroissant has the ability to retrieve a list of services on the infected host.37
S0203 Hydraq Hydraq creates a backdoor through which remote attackers can monitor services.910
S0398 HyperBro HyperBro can list all services and their configurations.13
G0119 Indrik Spider Indrik Spider has used the win32_service WMI class to retrieve a list of services from the system.50
S0260 InvisiMole InvisiMole can obtain running services on the victim.34
S0015 Ixeshe Ixeshe can list running services.47
S0201 JPIN JPIN can list running services.27
S0283 jRAT jRAT can list local services.20
G0004 Ke3chang Ke3chang performs service discovery using net start commands.52
G0094 Kimsuky Kimsuky has used an instrumentor script to gather the names of all services running on a victim’s system.58
S0236 Kwampirs Kwampirs collects a list of running services with the command tasklist /svc.41
S0582 LookBack LookBack can enumerate services on the victim machine.46
S0039 Net The net start command can be used in Net to find information about Windows services.1
G0049 OilRig OilRig has used sc query on a victim to gather information about services.56
C0012 Operation CuckooBees During Operation CuckooBees, the threat actors used the net start command as part of their initial reconnaissance.60
C0014 Operation Wocao During Operation Wocao, threat actors used the tasklist command to search for one of its backdoors.61
G0033 Poseidon Group After compromising a victim, Poseidon Group discovers all running services.53
S0378 PoshC2 PoshC2 can enumerate service and service permission information.2
S0629 RainyDay RainyDay can create and register a service for execution.26
S0241 RATANKBA RATANKBA uses tasklist /svc to display running tasks.18
S0496 REvil REvil can enumerate active services.40
S0085 S-Type S-Type runs the command net start on a victim.6
S0692 SILENTTRINITY SILENTTRINITY can search for modifiable services that could be used for privilege escalation.3
S0533 SLOTHFULMEDIA SLOTHFULMEDIA has the capability to enumerate services.43
S0615 SombRAT SombRAT can enumerate services on a victim machine.8
S0559 SUNBURST SUNBURST collected a list of service names that were hashed using a FNV-1a + XOR algorithm to check against similarly-hashed hardcoded blocklists.42
S0018 Sykipot Sykipot may use net start to display running services.31
S0242 SynAck SynAck enumerates all running services.2223
S0663 SysUpdate SysUpdate can collect a list of services on a victim machine.21
S0057 Tasklist Tasklist can be used to discover services running on a system.4
G0139 TeamTNT TeamTNT has searched for services such as Alibaba Cloud Security’s aliyun service and BMC Helix Cloud Security’s bmc-agent service in order to disable them.49
S0266 TrickBot TrickBot collects a list of install programs and services on the system’s machine.28
G0010 Turla Turla surveys a system upon check-in to discover running services and associated processes using the tasklist /svc command.16
S0386 Ursnif Ursnif has gathered information about running services.5
S0180 Volgmer Volgmer queries the system to identify existing services.35
S0219 WINERACK WINERACK can enumerate services.45
S0086 ZLib ZLib has the ability to discover and manipulate Windows services.6
S0412 ZxShell ZxShell can check the services on the system.44


ID Data Source Data Component
DS0017 Command Command Execution
DS0009 Process OS API Execution


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