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If you are interested in a guided learning approach to threat hunting within the APT scenario of BOTSv2, this is the app for you! This app is a companion app used for the Advanced APT Hunting with Splunk workshop and uses the BOTSv2 dataset that was open sourced in April 2019 and is hosted at Splunk.com https://events.splunk.com/BOTS_2_0_datasets.

The app resides on Splunk Enterprise and Enterprise Security and provides a set of 13 hunts that build on hypotheses derived from MITRE ATT&CK while providing the user a step by step guided walkthrough of the searches and process to better educate themselves on hunting an adversary like the one emulated in the BOTSv2 data.

Splunk Enterprise Security is not required to use the app but there may be a few searches and dashboards that call ES dashboards. Screenshots are provided in the app as well to see this output.

This app is designed to provide insight into the Boss of the SOC (BOTS) version 2 data set. To use the app, you will want to download our BOTS v2 dataset from https://events.splunk.com/BOTS_2_0_datasets.

The Full BOTSv2 Dataset
It’s "the whole enchilada." The dataset weighs in at around 16GB and is an exact copy of what was included in Splunk-hosted BOTS events throughout 2018 and early 2019.

The BOTSv2 "Attack Only" Dataset
The "Attack only" dataset is a pared-down version which eliminates the bulk of the "background noise" in return for a much more manageable total size of 3.2GB.

Follow the instructions provided with the dataset to install the data and the accompanying technical add-ons. The app is designed to look in the BOTSv2 index for this data.

You cannot use the GUI to install the full data set due to the size of it. The installation for both data sets is identical. Extract the directory structure from the tgz file. This can be done using whatever extraction tool you are most comfortable with.

When the extraction is complete, you will see a directory structure that looks like a standard Splunk app. The one difference is that there is a /var/lib/splunk/botsv2 directory that contains the events. This is by design. The indexes.conf file in the app maintains the pointer to this directory. Do not modify this structure!!!

Copy/Move the entire extracted BOTS directory into the $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/apps directory. Start Splunk, open a search and run an All time search for index=botsv2 to validate your installation.

Release Notes

Version 1.1
April 11, 2019

Advanced APT Hunting with Splunk Hands On Workshop 1.0
13 December 2018

This app is developed in support of the Advanced APT Hunting with Splunk Workshop based on the BOTS v2 data set.
It is designed to be installed on top of Splunk Enterprise and Enterprise Security running the BOTS v2 data set.
The Sankey visualization application is also required to ensure that this runs as designed.

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