This following analytic detects PowerShell command to delete shadow copy using the WMIC PowerShell module. This technique was seen used by a recent adversary to deploy DarkSide Ransomware where it executed a child process of PowerShell to execute a hex encoded command to delete shadow copy. This hex encoded command was able to be decrypted by PowerShell log.
- Type: TTP
- Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
- Datamodel: Endpoint
- Last Updated: 2021-05-12
- Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk
- ID: 5ee2bcd0-b2ff-11eb-bb34-acde48001122
|T1490||Inhibit System Recovery||Impact|
Kill Chain Phase
1 2 3 4 5 `powershell` EventCode=4104 Message= "*ShadowCopy*" (Message = "*Delete*" OR Message = "*Remove*") | stats count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime by EventCode Message ComputerName User | `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` | `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` | `delete_shadowcopy_with_powershell_filter`
The SPL above uses the following Macros:
Note that delete_shadowcopy_with_powershell_filter is a empty macro by default. It allows the user to filter out any results (false positives) without editing the SPL.
How To Implement
To successfully implement this search, you need to be ingesting logs with the powershell logs from your endpoints. make sure you enable needed registry to monitor this event.
Known False Positives
Associated Analytic story
|81.0||90||90||An attempt to delete ShadowCopy was performed using PowerShell on $ComputerName$ by $User$.|
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