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Description

This search detects when a user has performed an Ediscovery search or exported a PST file from the search. This PST file usually has sensitive information including email body content

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

  • Last Updated: 2020-12-16
  • Author: Rod Soto, Splunk
  • ID: 5f694cc4-a678-4a60-9410-bffca1b647dc

Annotations

ATT&CK
ID Technique Tactic
T1114 Email Collection Collection
Kill Chain Phase
  • Exploitation
NIST
CIS20
CVE
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`o365_management_activity` Category=ThreatManagement Name="eDiscovery search started or exported" 
| stats count earliest(_time) as firstTime latest(_time) as lastTime by Source Severity AlertEntityId Operation Name 
|`security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
|`security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `o365_pst_export_alert_filter`

Macros

The SPL above uses the following Macros:

Note that o365_pst_export_alert_filter is a empty macro by default. It allows the user to filter out any results (false positives) without editing the SPL.

Required field

  • _time
  • Category
  • Name
  • Source
  • Severity
  • AlertEntityId
  • Operation

How To Implement

You must install splunk Microsoft Office 365 add-on. This search works with o365:management:activity

Known False Positives

PST export can be done for legitimate purposes but due to the sensitive nature of its content it must be monitored.

Associated Analytic story

RBA

Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
48.0 80 60 User $Source$ has exported a PST file from the search using this operation- $Operation$ with a severity of $Severity$

Reference

Test Dataset

Replay any dataset to Splunk Enterprise by using our replay.py tool or the UI. Alternatively you can replay a dataset into a Splunk Attack Range

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