Working with the MITRE ATT&CK knowledge base

Detective Work

© Photo by Volodymyr Hryshchenko on Unsplash

© Photo by Volodymyr Hryshchenko on Unsplash

Article from Issue 266/2023

The MITRE ATT&CK website keeps information on attackers and intrusion techniques. We'll show you how to use that information to look for evidence of an attack.

Security has many facets and angles, and if you really want to be safe, you need to be aware of them all. One important skill is to become familiar with the logfiles on your system and the information they might reveal (see the box entitled "All About Logs"). But the attackers have become increasingly sophisticated in recent years, and to stay ahead of them, you need all the help you can get. Another important source of information is the MITRE ATT&CK website [1]. MITRE ATT&CK is a structured, globally available knowledge base describing tactics and attackers. In addition to tracking the various attack methods used in the wild, MITRE ATT&CK also provides clues that will help you look for evidence.

Searching for Evidence

It's best to learn from examples. One threat facing users today is attacks related to stealing system resources for the purposes of mining cryptocurrency. The techniques that hackers use are quite interesting and sometimes unconventional. The Rocke group is a good example. Rocke is a Chinese group of cyber criminals who specialize in malware attacks to gain access for crypto mining [2][3][4][5]. This group has been operating since 2018 and is dynamically developing its arsenal. The group evolves quickly and changes its techniques. Analysis of a Rocke group attack is not as easy as it might seem, but luckily, you can turn to the MITRE ATT&CK framework. Some of the techniques that MITRE ATT&CK associates with the Rocke group include:

  • T1036.005 – Masquerading: Match Legitimate Name or Location
  • T1053.003 – Scheduled Task/Job: Cron
  • T1574.006 – Hijack Execution Flow: Dynamic Linker Hijacking


Use Express-Checkout link below to read the full article (PDF).

Buy this article as PDF

Express-Checkout as PDF
Price $2.95
(incl. VAT)

Buy Linux Magazine

Get it on Google Play

US / Canada

Get it on Google Play

UK / Australia

Related content

comments powered by Disqus
Subscribe to our Linux Newsletters
Find Linux and Open Source Jobs
Subscribe to our ADMIN Newsletters

Support Our Work

Linux Magazine content is made possible with support from readers like you. Please consider contributing when you've found an article to be beneficial.