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T1593.001 Social Media

Adversaries may search social media for information about victims that can be used during targeting. Social media sites may contain various information about a victim organization, such as business announcements as well as information about the roles, locations, and interests of staff.

Adversaries may search in different social media sites depending on what information they seek to gather. Threat actors may passively harvest data from these sites, as well as use information gathered to create fake profiles/groups to elicit victim’s into revealing specific information (i.e. Spearphishing Service).1 Information from these sources may reveal opportunities for other forms of reconnaissance (ex: Phishing for Information or Search Open Technical Databases), establishing operational resources (ex: Establish Accounts or Compromise Accounts), and/or initial access (ex: Spearphishing via Service).

Item Value
ID T1593.001
Sub-techniques T1593.001, T1593.002, T1593.003
Tactics TA0043
Platforms PRE
Version 1.0
Created 02 October 2020
Last Modified 15 April 2021

Procedure Examples

ID Name Description
G1011 EXOTIC LILY EXOTIC LILY has copied data from social media sites to impersonate targeted individuals.3
G0094 Kimsuky Kimsuky has used Twitter to monitor potential victims and to prepare targeted phishing e-mails.2
C0022 Operation Dream Job For Operation Dream Job, Lazarus Group used LinkedIn to identify and target employees within a chosen organization.4


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. Efforts should focus on minimizing the amount and sensitivity of data available to external parties.