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Excessive number of credit card transactions in a short period

The table below explains in detail the steps of a Splunk Enterprise or Splunk Cloud Platform search to help you detect when a credit card has been used for a large number of purchases in a short time. For more information, review the use case detecting credit card fraud.

Some commands, parameters, and field names in the searches below may need to be adjusted to match your environment. In addition, to optimize the searches shown below, you should specify an index and a time range when appropriate.

Splunk recommends that customers look into using data models, report acceleration, or summary indexing when searching across hundreds of GBs of events in a single search. The searches provided here are a good starting point, but depending on your data, search time range, and other factors, more can be done to ensure that they scale appropriately.  

Splunk Search Explanation
| sourcetype=<customer information data source> Search only your business service data for customer information.
| eval _time=strptime('_time',"%Y/%m/%d %H:%M:%S") Parse the time stamp into a UNIX time value .
| sort - _time Sort the results from oldest to newest.
| streamstats earliest(_time) AS _time latest(_time) AS latest_time time_window=1m count(action) AS num_transactions BY customer Report cumulative time and transaction count statistics in one-minute increments, renaming the fields as shown and with results grouped by customer.
| where (num_transactions >= 10) Return only events where the number of transactions is greater than or equal to 10.
| eval latest_time=strftime(latest_time,"%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S") Convert the UNIX time value into a human-readable string. 
| dedup customer
Remove duplicate customer results.
| table customer, _time, latest_time, num_transactions, category Display the results in a table with columns in the order shown.