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This analytic identifies AWS DeleteTrail events within CloudTrail logs. Adversaries often try to impair their target's defenses by stopping their malicious activity from being logged, so that they may operate with stealth and avoid detection. When the adversary has the right type of permissions in the compromised AWS environment, they may delete the the entire cloudtrail that is logging activities in the environment.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud

  • Last Updated: 2022-07-13
  • Author: Bhavin Patel, Splunk
  • ID: 82092925-9ca1-4e06-98b8-85a2d3889552




ID Technique Tactic
T1562.008 Disable or Modify Cloud Logs Defense Evasion
T1562 Impair Defenses Defense Evasion
Kill Chain Phase
  • Exploitation
  • DE.CM
  • CIS 10
`cloudtrail` eventName = DeleteTrail eventSource = userAgent ! errorCode = success
| stats count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime values( as deleted_cloudtrail_name by src region eventName userAgent user_arn aws_account_id 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)`
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)`
| `aws_defense_evasion_delete_cloudtrail_filter`


The SPL above uses the following Macros:

:information_source: aws_defense_evasion_delete_cloudtrail_filter is a empty macro by default. It allows the user to filter out any results (false positives) without editing the SPL.

Required fields

List of fields required to use this analytic.

  • _time
  • eventName
  • eventSource
  • userAgent
  • aws_account_id
  • src
  • region

How To Implement

You must install Splunk AWS Add on and enable CloudTrail logs in your AWS Environment.

Known False Positives

While this search has no known false positives, it is possible that an AWS admin has stopped cloudTrail logging. Please investigate this activity.

Associated Analytic Story


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
90.0 100 90 User $user_arn$ has delete a CloudTrail logging for account id $aws_account_id$ from IP $src$

:information_source: The Risk Score is calculated by the following formula: Risk Score = (Impact * Confidence/100). Initial Confidence and Impact is set by the analytic author.


Test Dataset

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