Bitsadmin Activityedit

Windows Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) is a low-bandwidth, asynchronous file transfer mechanism. Adversaries may abuse BITS to persist, download, execute, and even clean up after running malicious code.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:


Severity: low

Risk score: 21

Runs every: 60m

Searches indices from: now-119m (Date Math format, see also Additional look-back time)

Maximum alerts per execution: 100

References: None


  • Domain: Endpoint
  • OS: Windows
  • Use Case: Threat Detection
  • Tactic: Command and Control
  • Data Source: Elastic Defend
  • Rule Type: BBR

Version: 1

Rule authors:

  • Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Rule queryedit

process where host.os.type == "windows" and event.type == "start" and
   ( : "bitsadmin.exe" and process.args : (
        "*Transfer*", "*Create*", "AddFile", "*SetNotifyFlags*", "*SetNotifyCmdLine*",
        "*SetMinRetryDelay*", "*SetCustomHeaders*", "*Resume*")
   ) or
   ( : "powershell.exe" and process.args : (
        "*Start-BitsTransfer*", "*Add-BitsFile*",
        "*Resume-BitsTransfer*", "*Set-BitsTransfer*", "*BITS.Manager*")