Delayed Deletion of Files

Cortex XDR Analytics Alert Reference by Alert name

Product
Cortex XDR
Last date published
2024-06-04
Category
Analytics Alert Reference
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Synopsis

Activation Period

14 Days

Training Period

30 Days

Test Period

N/A (single event)

Deduplication Period

1 Hour

Required Data

  • Requires:
    • XDR Agent

Detection Modules

ATT&CK Tactic

Defense Evasion (TA0005)

ATT&CK Technique

Indicator Removal: File Deletion (T1070.004)

Severity

Low

Description

A command line deleting files used the time-out or ping commands to delay the file deletion. This is suspicious, as malware sometimes uses these techniques to cover their tracks.

Attacker's Goals

Evade security controls and possibly cover their tracks.

Investigative actions

Check whether the executing process is benign, and if this was a desired behavior as part of its normal execution flow.