Network breach


Infection Monkey helps you assess the impact of a future breach by attempting to propagate within your internal network using service vulnerabilities, brute-forcing, and other safe exploiters.


  • Exploits -> Exploits Here you can review the exploits the Infection Monkey will be using. By default all
    safe exploiters are selected.
  • Exploits -> Credentials This configuration value will be used for brute-forcing. The Infection Monkey uses the most popular default passwords and usernames, but feel free to adjust it according to the default passwords common in your network. Keep in mind a longer list means longer scanning times.
  • Network -> Scope Make sure to properly configure the scope of the scan. You can select Local network scan and allow Monkey to propagate until maximum Scan depth(hop count) is reached, or you can fine tune it by providing specific network ranges in Scan target list. Scanning a local network is more realistic, but providing specific targets will make the scanning process substantially faster.
  • (Optional) Internal -> Network -> TCP scanner Here you can add custom ports your organization is using.
  • (Optional) Monkey -> Post-Breach Actions If you only want to test propagation in the network, you can turn off all post-breach actions. These actions simulate an attacker's behavior after gaining access to a new system, but it does not help the Infection Monkey exploit new machines.

Suggested run mode

Decide which machines you want to simulate a breach and use the “Manual” run option to start the Infection Monkey on them. Use administrative privileges to run the Infection Monkey to simulate an attacker that was able to elevate their privileges. You could also simulate an attack initiated from an unidentified machine connected to the network (e.g., a technician laptop or third-party vendor machine) by running the Infection Monkey on a dedicated machine with an IP in the network you wish to test.

Assessing results

Check the infection map and Security report to see how far The Infection Monkey propagated in your network and which vulnerabilities it successfully exploited. If you left post-breach actions selected, you should also check the MITRE ATT&CK and Zero Trust reports for more details.