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The following analytic will identify a suspicious download by the Telegram application on a Windows system. This behavior was identified on a honeypot where the adversary gained access, installed Telegram and followed through with downloading different network scanners (port, bruteforcer, masscan) to the system and later used to mapped the whole network and further move laterally.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2021-05-06
  • Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk
  • ID: 58194e28-ae5e-11eb-8912-acde48001122


ID Technique Tactic
T1105 Ingress Tool Transfer Command And Control
`sysmon` EventCode= 15 process_name = "telegram.exe" TargetFilename = "*:Zone.Identifier" 
|stats count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime by Computer EventCode Image process_id TargetFilename Hash 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `download_files_using_telegram_filter`

Associated Analytic Story

How To Implement

To successfully implement this search, you need to be ingesting logs with the process name and TargetFilename from your endpoints or Events that monitor filestream events which is happened when process download something. (EventCode 15) If you are using Sysmon, you must have at least version 6.0.4 of the Sysmon TA.

Required field

  • _time
  • Computer
  • EventCode
  • Image
  • process_id
  • TargetFilename
  • Hash

Kill Chain Phase

  • Exploitation

Known False Positives

normal download of file in telegram app. (if it was a common app in network)


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
49.0 70 70 Suspicious files were downloaded with the Telegram application on $dest$ by $user$.


Test Dataset

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