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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


ID Technique Tactic
T1490 Inhibit System Recovery Impact
`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`

Associated Analytic Story

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.

Required field

  • _time
  • EventCode
  • Message
  • ComputerName
  • User

Kill Chain Phase

  • Exploitation

Known False Positives



Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
81.0 90 90 An attempt to delete ShadowCopy was performed using PowerShell on $ComputerName$ by $User$.


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