Recurring rare domain access from an unsigned process

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Activation Period

14 Days

Training Period

30 Days

Test Period

N/A (single event)

Deduplication Period

14 Days

Required Data

  • Requires:
    • XDR Agent

Detection Modules

ATT&CK Tactic

Command and Control (TA0011)

ATT&CK Technique

Application Layer Protocol (T1071)




An unsigned process is periodically connecting to an external domain that it and its peers rarely use.
Access to this domain has occurred repeatedly over multiple days.
This connection pattern is consistent with malware connecting to its command and control server for updates and operating instructions.

Attacker's Goals

Communicate with malware running on your network to control malware activities, perform software updates on the malware, or to take inventory of infected machines.

Investigative actions

  • Identify the process contacting the remote domain and determine whether the traffic is malicious.
  • Look for other endpoints on your network that are also periodically contacting the suspicious domain.