Remote File Copy to a Hidden Shareedit

Identifies a remote file copy attempt to a hidden network share. This may indicate lateral movement or data staging activity.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*
  • logs-windows.*

Severity: medium

Risk score: 47

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
  • Lateral Movement

Version: 101

Rule authors:

  • Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Investigation guideedit

Rule queryedit

process where event.type == "start" and : ("cmd.exe", "powershell.exe", "robocopy.exe", "xcopy.exe") and
  process.args : ("copy*", "move*", "cp", "mv") and process.args : "*$*"