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T1584.005 Botnet

Adversaries may compromise numerous third-party systems to form a botnet that can be used during targeting. A botnet is a network of compromised systems that can be instructed to perform coordinated tasks.3 Instead of purchasing/renting a botnet from a booter/stresser service, adversaries may build their own botnet by compromising numerous third-party systems.2 Adversaries may also conduct a takeover of an existing botnet, such as redirecting bots to adversary-controlled C2 servers.1 With a botnet at their disposal, adversaries may perform follow-on activity such as large-scale Phishing or Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS).

Item Value
ID T1584.005
Sub-techniques T1584.001, T1584.002, T1584.003, T1584.004, T1584.005, T1584.006, T1584.007
Tactics TA0042
Platforms PRE
Version 1.0
Created 01 October 2020
Last Modified 19 April 2022

Procedure Examples

ID Name Description
G0001 Axiom Axiom has used large groups of compromised machines for use as proxy nodes.4
G0034 Sandworm Team Sandworm Team has used a large-scale botnet to target Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) network devices.5


ID Mitigation Description
M1056 Pre-compromise This technique cannot be easily mitigated with preventive controls since it is based on behaviors performed outside of the scope of enterprise defenses and controls.