Cobalt Strike


Cobalt Strike is a "threat emulation software. Execute targeted attacks against modern enterprises with one of the most powerful network attack kits available to penetration testers. This is not compliance testing. Cobalt Strike gives you a post-exploitation agent and covert channels to emulate a quiet long-term embedded actor in your customer’s network. Malleable C2 lets you change your network indicators to look like different malware each time. These tools complement Cobalt Strike’s solid social engineering process, its robust collaboration capability, and unique reports designed to aid blue team training."

They have a Community Kit which is a "central repository of extensions written by the user community to extend the capabilities of Cobalt Strike"

Cobalt Strike on ATT&CK Mitre.

Attack Package

Cobalt Strike offers a variety of attack packages to conduct a web drive-by attack or to transform an innocent file into a trojan horse for a simulation attack.

Various attack packages offered by Cobalt Strike:

Browser Pivoting

Browser Pivoting is a technique that leverages an exploited system to gain access to the browser’s authenticated sessions. It is a powerful way to demonstrate risk with a targeted attack.

Cobalt Strike implements browser pivoting with a proxy server that injects into 32-bit and 64-bit Internet Explorer. When you browse through this proxy server, you inherit cookies, authenticated HTTP sessions, and client SSL certificates.

Spear Phishing

A variant of phishing, spear phishing is a method that targets specific individuals within an organization. This helps in identifying weak targets within an organization, such as employees that are more prone to security attacks.

Cobalt Strike offers a spear-phishing tool that lets you import a message by replacing links and text to build a convincing phish for you. It allows you to send this pixel-perfect spear-phishing message using an arbitrary message as a template.

Reporting and Logging

Cobalt Strike also offers post-exploitation reports that provide a timeline and the indicators of compromise detected during red team activity.

Cobalt Strike exports these reports as both PDF and MS Word documents.

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