GitHub Personal Access Token created by suspicious IP


Detect when a Personal Access Token (PAT) has been created from a suspicious IP.


This rule monitors GitHub audit logs for when a PAT has been created from a suspicious IP. A phishing campaign reported by Github’s security team indicated that attackers may try to create a PAT once they have gained unauthorized access to an account to maintain access. Using Datadog threat intelligence the signals raised will have originated from IP addresses deemed to be suspicious.

Note: By default GitHub does not display the source IP address for events in your organization’s audit log. See this post for further information.

Triage and response

  1. Determine if the behavior is unusual for the user:
    • Is the @actor_location.country_code or @http.useragent different?
    • If IP addresses are available, is the @network.client.ip or different than usual?
    • Speak with the user to verify if they added the PAT.
  2. If the activity is suspicious:
    • Block the user in GitHub to prevent further access.
    • Begin your organization’s incident response process and investigate.