Net command via SYSTEM accountedit

Identifies the SYSTEM account using an account discovery utility. This could be a sign of discovery activity after an adversary has achieved privilege escalation.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*
  • logs-windows.*

Severity: low

Risk score: 21

Runs every: 5m

Searches indices from: now-9m (Date Math format, see also Additional look-back time)

Maximum alerts per execution: 100

References: None


  • Elastic
  • Host
  • Windows
  • Threat Detection
  • Discovery

Version: 9

Rule authors:

  • Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Rule queryedit

process where event.type in ("start", "process_started") and
  (process.Ext.token.integrity_level_name : "System" or
  winlog.event_data.IntegrityLevel : "System") and : "whoami.exe" or
  ( : "net1.exe" and not : "net.exe")