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The following analytic detects a high frequency of file copying or moving within network shares, which may indicate potential data sabotage or exfiltration attempts. It leverages Windows Security Event Logs (EventCode 5145) to monitor access to specific file types and network shares. This activity is significant as it can reveal insider threats attempting to transfer classified or internal files, potentially leading to data breaches or evidence tampering. If confirmed malicious, this behavior could result in unauthorized data access, data loss, or compromised sensitive information.

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

  • Last Updated: 2024-05-26
  • Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk
  • ID: 40925f12-4709-11ec-bb43-acde48001122




ID Technique Tactic
T1537 Transfer Data to Cloud Account Exfiltration
Kill Chain Phase
  • Actions On Objectives
  • DE.AE
  • CIS 10
`wineventlog_security` EventCode=5145 RelativeTargetName IN ("*.doc","*.docx","*.xls","*.xlsx","*.ppt","*.pptx","*.log","*.txt","*.db","*.7z","*.zip","*.rar","*.tar","*.gz","*.jpg","*.gif","*.png","*.bmp","*.pdf","*.rtf","*.key") ObjectType=File ShareName IN ("\\\\*\\C$","\\\\*\\IPC$","\\\\*\\admin$") AccessMask= "0x2" 
|  bucket _time span=5m 
| stats values(RelativeTargetName) as valRelativeTargetName, values(ShareName) as valShareName, values(ObjectType) as valObjectType, values(AccessMask) as valAccessmask, values(src_port) as valSrcPort, values(SourceAddress) as valSrcAddress count as numShareName by dest, _time, EventCode, src_user, src_ip 
| eventstats avg(numShareName) as avgShareName, stdev(numShareName) as stdShareName, count as numSlots by dest, _time, EventCode, src_user 
|  eval upperThreshold=(avgShareName + stdShareName *3) 
|  eval isOutlier=if(avgShareName > 20 and avgShareName >= upperThreshold, 1, 0) 
|  search isOutlier=1  
| `high_frequency_copy_of_files_in_network_share_filter`


The SPL above uses the following Macros:

:information_source: high_frequency_copy_of_files_in_network_share_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
  • EventCode
  • Share_Name
  • Relative_Target_Name
  • Object_Type
  • Access_Mask
  • user
  • src_port
  • Source_Address

How To Implement

To successfully implement this search, you need to be ingesting Windows Security Event Logs with 5145 EventCode enabled. The Windows TA is also required. Also enable the object Audit access success/failure in your group policy.

Known False Positives

This behavior may seen in normal transfer of file within network if network share is common place for sharing documents.

Associated Analytic Story


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
9.0 30 30 High frequency copy of document into a network share from $src_ip$ by $src_user$

: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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