Bitsadmin used to download or execute a file

This rule is part of a beta feature. To learn more, contact Support.


Detect when bitsadmin is used to download or execute a file.


Threat actors are known to utilize tools found natively in a victim’s environment to accomplish their objectives. Bitsadmin, a legitimate Windows binary, has been abused by malicious actors in the past to fetch additional tools and payloads, as well as execute malicious content.

Triage and response

  1. Identify what is being downloaded or executed, and determine if authorized
  2. If it’s not authorized, isolate the host from the network.
  3. Follow your organization’s internal processes for investigating and remediating compromised systems.

Requires Agent version 7.50.0 or greater.

This rule is a part of the beta for detections on Windows! If you would like to try the new Windows agent, create a support ticket and indicate that you wish to join the Cloud Security Management - Windows beta.