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T1533 Data from Local System

Adversaries may search local system sources, such as file systems or local databases, to find files of interest and sensitive data prior to exfiltration.

Access to local system data, which includes information stored by the operating system, often requires escalated privileges. Examples of local system data include authentication tokens, the device keyboard cache, Wi-Fi passwords, and photos. On Android, adversaries may also attempt to access files from external storage which may require additional storage-related permissions.

Item Value
ID T1533
Tactics TA0035
Platforms Android, iOS
Version 1.1
Created 10 October 2019
Last Modified 01 April 2022

Procedure Examples

ID Name Description
S1061 AbstractEmu AbstractEmu can collect files from or inspect the device’s filesystem.11
S0422 Anubis Anubis can exfiltrate files encrypted with the ransomware module from the device and can modify external storage.67
S0655 BusyGasper BusyGasper can collect images stored on the device and browser history.29
S0555 CHEMISTGAMES CHEMISTGAMES can collect files from the filesystem and account information from Google Chrome.32
S0426 Concipit1248 Concipit1248 can collect device photos.8
S0425 Corona Updates Corona Updates can collect voice notes, device accounts, and gallery images.8
S0301 Dendroid Dendroid can collect the device’s photos, browser history, bookmarks, and accounts stored on the device.22
S0505 Desert Scorpion Desert Scorpion can collect attacker-specified files, including files located on external storage.27
S0550 DoubleAgent DoubleAgent has collected files from the infected device.2
S1054 Drinik Drinik can request the READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE and WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE Android permissions.28
S0507 eSurv eSurv can exfiltrate device pictures.12
S0405 Exodus Exodus Two can extract information on pictures from the Gallery, Chrome and SBrowser bookmarks, and the connected WiFi network’s password.21
S0408 FlexiSpy FlexiSpy can monitor device photos and can also access browser history and bookmarks.1
S0577 FrozenCell FrozenCell has retrieved device images for exfiltration.23
S0423 Ginp Ginp can download device logs.26
S0535 Golden Cup Golden Cup can collect images, videos, and attacker-specified files.4
S0551 GoldenEagle GoldenEagle has retrieved .doc, .txt, .gif, .apk, .jpg, .png, .mp3, and .db files from external storage.2
S0421 GolfSpy GolfSpy can collect local accounts on the device, pictures, bookmarks/histories of the default browser, and files stored on the SD card. GolfSpy can list image, audio, video, and other files stored on the device. GolfSpy can copy arbitrary files from the device.3
S0290 Gooligan Gooligan steals authentication tokens that can be used to access data from multiple Google applications.9
S0536 GPlayed GPlayed can collect the user’s browser cookies.30
S0406 Gustuff Gustuff can capture files and photos from the compromised device.10
S0544 HenBox HenBox can steal data from various sources, including chat, communication, and social media apps.13
S0463 INSOMNIA INSOMNIA can collect application database files, including Gmail, Hangouts, device photos, and container directories of third-party apps.25
S0407 Monokle Monokle can retrieve the salt used when storing the user’s password, aiding an adversary in computing the user’s plaintext password/PIN from the stored password hash. Monokle can also capture the user’s dictionary, user-defined shortcuts, and browser history, enabling profiling of the user and their activities.31
C0016 Operation Dust Storm During Operation Dust Storm, the threat actors used Android backdoors capable of exfiltrating specific files directly from the infected devices.35
S0295 RCSAndroid RCSAndroid can collect passwords for Wi-Fi networks and online accounts, including Skype, Facebook, Twitter, Google, WhatsApp, Mail, and LinkedIn.19
S0549 SilkBean SilkBean can retrieve files from external storage and can collect browser data.2
S0305 SpyNote RAT SpyNote RAT can copy files from the device to the C2 server.14
S0328 Stealth Mango Stealth Mango collected and exfiltrated data from the device, including sensitive letters/documents, stored photos, and stored audio files.17
S0329 Tangelo Tangelo accesses browser history, pictures, and videos.17
S1069 TangleBot TangleBot can request permission to view files and media.24
S0558 Tiktok Pro Tiktok Pro can collect device photos and credentials from other applications.18
S0427 TrickMo TrickMo can steal pictures from the device.33
S0418 ViceLeaker ViceLeaker can copy arbitrary files from the device to the C2 server, can exfiltrate browsing history, can exfiltrate the SD card structure, and can exfiltrate pictures as the user takes them.1516
S0506 ViperRAT ViperRAT can collect device photos, PDF documents, Office documents, browser history, and browser bookmarks.20
G0112 Windshift Windshift has exfiltrated local account data and calendar information as part of Operation ROCK.34
S0489 WolfRAT WolfRAT can collect user account, photos, browser history, and arbitrary files.5


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