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This analytics are designed to indentify a high frequency of process termination on a machine which is a common behavior of ransomware malware before encrypting files. This technique is designed to avoid an exception error while accessing (docs, images, database and etc..) in the infected machine for encryption.

  • Type: Anomaly
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2021-03-16
  • Author: Teoderick Contreras
  • ID: 17cd75b2-8666-11eb-9ab4-acde48001122


ID Technique Tactic
T1486 Data Encrypted for Impact Impact
`sysmon` EventCode=5 
|bin _time span=3s 
|stats values(Image) as proc_terminated min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime  count by Computer EventCode ProcessID 
| where count >= 15 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)`
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `high_process_termination_frequency_filter`

Associated Analytic Story

How To Implement

To successfully implement this search, you need to be ingesting logs with the Image (process full path of terminated process) from your endpoints. If you are using Sysmon, you must have at least version 6.0.4 of the Sysmon TA.

Required field

  • EventCode
  • Image
  • Computer
  • _time
  • ProcessID

Kill Chain Phase

  • Exploitation

Known False Positives

admin or user tool that can terminate multiple process.


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
72.0 90 80 High frequency process termination (more than 15 processes within 3s) detected on host $Computer$


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