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Dismantling a fileless campaign: Microsoft Defender ATP next-gen protection exposes Astaroth attack

Dismantling a fileless campaign: Microsoft Defender ATP next-gen protection exposes Astaroth attack

The prevailing perception about fileless threats, among the security industry’s biggest areas of concern today, is that security solutions are helpless against these supposedly invincible threats. Because fileless attacks run the payload directly in memory or leverage legitimate system tools ... continue reading
Inside out: Get to know the advanced technologies at the core of Microsoft Defender ATP next generation protection

Inside out: Get to know the advanced technologies at the core of Microsoft Defender ATP next generation protection

While Windows Defender Antivirus makes catching 5 billion threats on devices every month look easy, multiple advanced detection and prevention technologies work under the hood to make this happen. Windows Defender Antivirus is the next-generation protection component of Microsoft Defender ... continue reading
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Analysis of a targeted attack exploiting the WinRar CVE-2018-20250 vulnerability

In early March, we discovered a cyberattack that used an exploit for CVE-2018-20250, an old WinRar vulnerability disclosed just several weeks prior, and targeted organizations in the satellite and communications industry. A complex attack chain incorporating multiple code execution techniques ... continue reading
Insights from the MITRE ATT&CK-based evaluation of Windows Defender ATP

Insights from the MITRE ATT&CK-based evaluation of Windows Defender ATP

In MITREs evaluation of endpoint detection and response solutions, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection demonstrated industry-leading optics and detection capabilities. The breadth of telemetry, the strength of threat intelligence, and the advanced, automatic detection through machine learning, heuristics, and behavior ... continue reading
Windows Defender ATP device risk score exposes new cyberattack, drives Conditional access to protect networks

Windows Defender ATP device risk score exposes new cyberattack, drives Conditional access to protect networks

Several weeks ago, the Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (Windows Defender ATP) team uncovered a new cyberattack that targeted several high-profile organizations in the energy and food and beverage sectors in Asia. Given the target region and verticals, the attack ... continue reading
Windows Defender Antivirus can now run in a sandbox

Windows Defender Antivirus can now run in a sandbox

Windows Defender Antivirus has hit a new milestone: the built-in antivirus capabilities on Windows can now run within a sandbox. With this new development, Windows Defender Antivirus becomes the first complete antivirus solution to have this capability and continues to ... continue reading
Screenshot of obfuscated script

Out of sight but not invisible: Defeating fileless malware with behavior monitoring, AMSI, and next-gen AV

Consider this scenario: Two never-before-seen, heavily obfuscated scripts manage to slip past file-based detection and dynamically load an info-stealing payload into memory. The scripts are part of a social engineering campaign that tricks potential victims into running the scripts, which ... continue reading
Office VBA + AMSI: Parting the veil on malicious macros

Office VBA + AMSI: Parting the veil on malicious macros

As part of our continued efforts to tackle entire classes of threats, Office 365 client applications now integrate with Antimalware Scan Interface (AMSI), enabling antivirus and other security solutions to scan macros and other scripts at runtime to check for ... continue reading
Machine learning vs. social engineering

Machine learning vs. social engineering

Machine learning is a key driver in the constant evolution of security technologies at Microsoft. Machine learning allows Microsoft 365 to scale next-gen protection capabilities and enhance cloud-based, real-time blocking of new and unknown threats. Just in the last few ... continue reading
Invisible resource thieves: The increasing threat of cryptocurrency miners

Invisible resource thieves: The increasing threat of cryptocurrency miners

The surge in Bitcoin prices has driven widescale interest in cryptocurrencies. While the future of digital currencies is uncertain, they are shaking up the cybersecurity landscape as they continue to influence the intent and nature of attacks. Cybercriminals gave cryptocurrencies ... continue reading