Symbolic Link to Shadow Copy Creatededit

Identifies the creation of symbolic links to a shadow copy. Symbolic Links can be used to access files in the shadow copy, including sensitive files that may contain credential information.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*
  • logs-windows.*

Severity: medium

Risk score: 47

Runs every: 5 minutes

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

Maximum alerts per execution: 100



  • Elastic
  • Host
  • Windows
  • Threat Detection
  • Credential Access

Version: 1

Added (Elastic Stack release): 8.0.0

Rule authors: Austin Songer

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Potential false positivesedit

Legitimate administrative activity related to shadow copies

Rule queryedit

process where event.type in ("start", "process_started") and == "Cmd.Exe" and process.args :
"*mklink*" and process.args :

Threat mappingedit