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The following analytic is to look for known processes killed by industroyer2 malware. This technique was seen in the industroyer2 malware attack that tries to kill several processes of windows host machines related to the energy facility network. This anomaly might be a good indicator to check which process kill these processes or why the process was killed.

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

  • Last Updated: 2023-04-14
  • Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk
  • ID: d8bea5ca-9d4a-4249-8b56-64a619109835




ID Technique Tactic
T1489 Service Stop Impact
Kill Chain Phase
  • Actions On Objectives
  • DE.AE
  • CIS 10
`sysmon` EventCode=5 process_name IN ("PServiceControl.exe", "PService_PPD.exe") 
| stats min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime count by process_name process process_path process_guid process_id EventCode dest user_id 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)`
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `windows_processes_killed_by_industroyer2_malware_filter`


The SPL above uses the following Macros:

:information_source: windows_processes_killed_by_industroyer2_malware_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
  • Processes.dest
  • Processes.user
  • Processes.parent_process_name
  • Processes.parent_process
  • Processes.original_file_name
  • Processes.process_name
  • Processes.process
  • Processes.process_id
  • Processes.parent_process_path
  • Processes.process_path
  • Processes.parent_process_id
  • Processes.process_guid

How To Implement

To successfully implement this search, you need to be ingesting Windows Security Event Logs with 4698 EventCode enabled. The Windows TA is also required.

Known False Positives

False positives are possible if legitimate applications are allowed to terminate this process during testing or updates. Filter as needed based on paths that are used legitimately.

Associated Analytic Story


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
36.0 60 60 process was terminated $process_name$ in $dest$

: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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