Acquire Infrastructure: Commercial Ground Station Services

Threat actors may buy or rent commercial ground station services. These services often have all of the individual parts that are needed to properly communicate with spacecrafts. By utilizing existing infrastructure, threat actors may save time, money, and effort in order to support operations.

ID: RD-0001.02
Sub-technique of:  RD-0001
Related Aerospace Threat IDs: 
Related MITRE ATT&CK TTPs:  T1583
Created: 2022/10/19
Last Modified: 2022/10/28


ID Name Description NIST Rev5
CM0009 Threat Intelligence Program A threat intelligence program helps an organization generate their own threat intelligence information and track trends to inform defensive priorities and mitigate risk. Leverage all-source intelligence services or commercial satellite imagery to identify and track adversary infrastructure development/acquisition. Countermeasures for this attack fall outside the scope of the mission in the majority of cases. PM-16 PM-16(1) PM-16(1) RA-10 RA-3(2) RA-3(3) SR-8


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