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This search looks for network traffic identified as The Onion Router (TOR), a benign anonymity network which can be abused for a variety of nefarious purposes.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Network_Traffic
  • Last Updated: 2020-07-22
  • Author: David Dorsey, Splunk
  • ID: ea688274-9c06-4473-b951-e4cb7a5d7a45


ID Technique Tactic
T1071 Application Layer Protocol Command And Control
T1071.001 Web Protocols Command And Control

| tstats `security_content_summariesonly` count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime from datamodel=Network_Traffic where All_Traffic.app=tor AND All_Traffic.action=allowed by All_Traffic.src_ip All_Traffic.dest_ip All_Traffic.dest_port All_Traffic.action 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `drop_dm_object_name("All_Traffic")` 
| `tor_traffic_filter`

Associated Analytic Story

How To Implement

In order to properly run this search, Splunk needs to ingest data from firewalls or other network control devices that mediate the traffic allowed into an environment. This is necessary so that the search can identify an 'action' taken on the traffic of interest. The search requires the Network_Traffic data model be populated.

Required field

  • _time
  • All_Traffic.app
  • All_Traffic.action
  • All_Traffic.src_ip
  • All_Traffic.dest_ip
  • All_Traffic.dest_port

Kill Chain Phase

  • Command and Control

Known False Positives

None at this time


Test Dataset

Replay any dataset to Splunk Enterprise by using our replay.py tool or the UI. Alternatively you can replay a dataset into a Splunk Attack Range

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