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T1069.002 Domain Groups

Adversaries may attempt to find domain-level groups and permission settings. The knowledge of domain-level permission groups can help adversaries determine which groups exist and which users belong to a particular group. Adversaries may use this information to determine which users have elevated permissions, such as domain administrators.

Commands such as net group /domain of the Net utility, dscacheutil -q group on macOS, and ldapsearch on Linux can list domain-level groups.

Item Value
ID T1069.002
Sub-techniques T1069.001, T1069.002, T1069.003
Tactics TA0007
Platforms Linux, Windows, macOS
Version 1.2
Created 21 February 2020
Last Modified 07 April 2023

Procedure Examples

ID Name Description
S0552 AdFind AdFind can enumerate domain groups.1423
S1068 BlackCat BlackCat can determine if a user on a compromised host has domain admin privileges.20
S0521 BloodHound BloodHound can collect information about domain groups and members.11
S1063 Brute Ratel C4 Brute Ratel C4 can use net group for discovery on targeted domains.9
C0015 C0015 During C0015, the threat actors use the command net group "domain admins" /dom to enumerate domain groups.32
S0154 Cobalt Strike Cobalt Strike can identify targets by querying account groups on a domain contoller.17
S0488 CrackMapExec CrackMapExec can gather the user accounts within domain groups.7
G0035 Dragonfly Dragonfly has used batch scripts to enumerate administrators and users in the domain.28
S0105 dsquery dsquery can be used to gather information on permission groups within a domain.56
S0554 Egregor Egregor can conduct Active Directory reconnaissance using tools such as Sharphound or AdFind.14
S0417 GRIFFON GRIFFON has used a reconnaissance module that can be used to retrieve Windows domain membership information.18
S0170 Helminth Helminth has checked for the domain admin group and Exchange Trusted Subsystem groups using the commands net group Exchange Trusted Subsystem /domain and net group domain admins /domain.13
G0100 Inception Inception has used specific malware modules to gather domain membership.25
G0004 Ke3chang Ke3chang performs discovery of permission groups net group /domain.26
S0236 Kwampirs Kwampirs collects a list of domain groups with the command net localgroup /domain.24
G1004 LAPSUS$ LAPSUS$ has used the AD Explorer tool to enumerate groups on a victim’s network.30
S0039 Net Commands such as net group /domain can be used in Net to gather information about and manipulate groups.8
G0049 OilRig OilRig has used net group /domain, net group “domain admins” /domain, and net group “Exchange Trusted Subsystem” /domain to find domain group permission settings.27
S0165 OSInfo OSInfo specifically looks for Domain Admins and power users within the domain.12
S0184 POWRUNER POWRUNER may collect domain group information by running net group /domain or a series of other commands on a victim.19
S0496 REvil REvil can identify the domain membership of a compromised host.212223
S0692 SILENTTRINITY SILENTTRINITY can use System.DirectoryServices namespace to retrieve domain group information.10
C0024 SolarWinds Compromise During the SolarWinds Compromise, APT29 used AdFind to enumerate domain groups.31
S0516 SoreFang SoreFang can enumerate domain groups by executing net.exe group /domain.16
G0010 Turla Turla has used net group “Domain Admins” /domain to identify domain administrators.29
S0514 WellMess WellMess can identify domain group membership for the current user.15


ID Data Source Data Component
DS0017 Command Command Execution
DS0036 Group Group Enumeration
DS0009 Process OS API Execution


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