Potential Persistence via Atom Init Script Modificationedit

Identifies modifications to the Atom desktop text editor Init File. Adversaries may add malicious JavaScript code to the init.coffee file that will be executed upon the Atom application opening.

Rule type: query

Rule indices:

  • auditbeat-*
  • logs-endpoint.events.*

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



  • Domain: Endpoint
  • OS: macOS
  • Use Case: Threat Detection
  • Tactic: Persistence
  • Data Source: Elastic Defend

Version: 104

Rule authors:

  • Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Rule queryedit

event.category:file and host.os.type:macos and not event.type:"deletion" and
 file.path:/Users/*/.atom/init.coffee and not process.name:(Atom or xpcproxy) and not user.name:root