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Graphic illustrates the steps, goals, and initial questions in DART’s ransomware investigation assistance.

A guide to combatting human-operated ransomware: Part 1

This blog is part one of a two-part series focused on how Microsoft DART helps customers with human-operated ransomware. For more guidance on human-operated ransomware and how to defend against these extortion-based attacks, refer to our human-operated ransomware docs page ... continue reading
Screenshot of code showing the original exploit vector

Analyzing attacks that exploit the CVE-2021-40444 MSHTML vulnerability

In August, Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) identified a small number of attacks (less than 10) that attempted to exploit a remote code execution vulnerability in MSHTML using specially crafted Microsoft Office documents. These attacks used the vulnerability, tracked as ... continue reading

Combat attacks with security solutions from Trustwave and Microsoft

This blog post is part of the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association guest blog series. Learn more about MISA. In 2021, cyberattacks and instances of ransomware demands against companies, agencies, and institutions have dominated the headlines. These kinds of attacks are on the rise ... continue reading
Microsoft's recommended mitigation prioritizations: prepare, limit, and prevent.

3 steps to prevent and recover from ransomware

On July 14, 2021, the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence1 (NCCoE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology2 (NIST) hosted a virtual workshop3 to seek feedback from government and industry experts on practical approaches to preventing and recovering from ... continue reading

Cybersecurity’s next fight: How to protect employees from online harassment

The security community is continuously changing, growing, and learning from each other to better position the world against cyber threats. In the latest Voice of the Community blog series post, Microsoft Product Marketing Manager Natalia Godyla talks with Leigh Honeywell, CEO and ... continue reading

7 ways to harden your environment against compromise

Here at the global Microsoft Compromise Recovery Security Practice (CRSP), we work with customers who have experienced disruptive security incidents to restore trust in identity systems and remove adversary control. During 2020, the team responded to many incidents involving ransomware ... continue reading
Diagram showing chain of attacks from the LemonDuck and LemonCat infrastructure, detailing specific attacker behavior common to both and highlight behavior unique to each infra

When coin miners evolve, Part 2: Hunting down LemonDuck and LemonCat attacks

[Note: In this two-part blog series, we expose a modern malware infrastructure and provide guidance for protecting against the wide range of threats it enables. Part 1 covered the evolution of the threat, how it spreads, and how it impacts ... continue reading
A matrix of attack techniques related to containerization technologies, organized by stages of an attack.

The evolution of a matrix: How ATT&CK for Containers was built

Note: The content of this post is being released jointly with the Center for Threat-Informed Defense. It is co-authored with Chris Ante and Matthew Bajzek. The Center post can be found here. As containers become a major part of many ... continue reading
Protecting customers from a private-sector offensive actor using 0-day exploits and DevilsTongue malware

Protecting customers from a private-sector offensive actor using 0-day exploits and DevilsTongue malware

The Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) alongside the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) has uncovered a private-sector offensive actor, or PSOA, that we are calling SOURGUM in possession of now-patched, Windows 0-day exploits (CVE-2021-31979 and CVE-2021-33771). Private-sector offensive actors are ... continue reading

How Microsoft Security empowers partners to build customer trust

As I reflect on my first year at Microsoft, it was both challenging and exceptional: from my remote onboarding in the middle of a pandemic to dramatic changes in the cyber landscape, to Microsoft’s critical role as a frontline responder ... continue reading