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The following analytic detects the execution of the Get-DomainGroup cmdlet using PowerShell Script Block Logging (EventCode=4104). This cmdlet, part of the PowerView tool, is used to enumerate domain groups within a Windows domain. The detection leverages script block text to identify this specific command. Monitoring this activity is crucial as it may indicate an adversary or Red Team performing reconnaissance to gain situational awareness and map out Active Directory structures. If confirmed malicious, this activity could lead to further exploitation, including privilege escalation and lateral movement within the network.

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

  • Last Updated: 2024-05-15
  • Author: Mauricio Velazco, Splunk
  • ID: 09725404-a44f-4ed3-9efa-8ed5d69e4c53




ID Technique Tactic
T1069 Permission Groups Discovery Discovery
T1069.002 Domain Groups Discovery
Kill Chain Phase
  • Exploitation
  • DE.CM
  • CIS 10
`powershell` EventCode=4104 (ScriptBlockText = "*Get-DomainGroup*") 
| stats count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime by Opcode Computer UserID EventCode ScriptBlockText 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `getdomaingroup_with_powershell_script_block_filter`


The SPL above uses the following Macros:

:information_source: getdomaingroup_with_powershell_script_block_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
  • ScriptBlockText
  • Opcode
  • Computer
  • UserID
  • EventCode

How To Implement

To successfully implement this analytic, you will need to enable PowerShell Script Block Logging on some or all endpoints. Additional setup here

Known False Positives

Administrators or power users may use this PowerView functions for troubleshooting.

Associated Analytic Story


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
15.0 30 50 Domain group discovery enumeration using PowerView on $Computer$ by $UserID$

: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.


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