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Full Operational Shutdown—another cybercrime case from the Microsoft Detection and Response Team

Recently, we published our first case report (001: …And Then There Were Six) by the Microsoft Detection and Response Team (DART). We received significant positive response from our customers and colleagues and our team has been getting inquiries asking for ... continue reading
Image: Initial Access Execution Persistence Privilege Escalation Defense Evasion Credential Access Discovery Lateral Movement Impact Using Cloud credentials Exec into container Backdoor container Privileged container Clear container logs List K8S secrets Access the K8S API server Access cloud resources Data Destruction Compromised images in registry bash/cmd inside container Writable hostPath mount Cluster-admin binding Delete K8S events Mount service principal Access Kubelet API Container service account Resource Hijacking Kubeconfig file New container Kubernetes CronJob hostPath mount Pod / container name similarity Access container service account Network mapping Cluster internal networking Denial of service Application vulnerability Application exploit (RCE) Access cloud resources Connect from Proxy server Applications credentials in configuration files Access Kubernetes dashboard Applications credentials in configuration files Exposed Dashboard SSH server running inside container Instance Metadata API Writable volume mounts on the host Access Kubernetes dashboard Access tiller endpoint

Attack matrix for Kubernetes

Kubernetes, the most popular container orchestration system and one of the fastest-growing projects in the history of open source, becomes a significant part of many companies’ compute stack. The flexibility and scalability of containers encourage many developers to move their ... continue reading
Enable remote collaboration quickly and securely with Azure AD

Enable remote collaboration quickly and securely with Azure AD

During these challenging times, we’ve continued to collaborate closely with our customers as they react to the COVID-19 outbreak. From helping schools move quickly to enable distance learning, to supporting IT departments rapidly scale to support remote working scenarios, we’re ... continue reading
Defending the power grid against supply chain attacks—Part 2: Securing hardware and software

Defending the power grid against supply chain attacks—Part 2: Securing hardware and software

Artificial intelligence (AI) and connected devices have fueled digital transformation in the utilities industry. These technological advances promise to reduce costs and increase the efficiency of energy generation, transmission, and distribution. They’ve also created new vulnerabilities. Cybercriminals, nation state actors, ... continue reading
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Protecting against coronavirus themed phishing attacks

The world has changed in unprecedented ways in the last several weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. While it has brought out the best in humanity in many ways, as with any crisis it can also attract the worst in ... continue reading

Work remotely, stay secure—guidance for CISOs

With many employees suddenly working from home, there are things an organization and employees can do to help remain productive without increasing cybersecurity risk. While employees in this new remote work situation will be thinking about how to stay in ... continue reading
Empower Firstline Workers with Azure AD and YubiKey passwordless authentication

Empower Firstline Workers with Azure AD and YubiKey passwordless authentication

At the end of February, Microsoft announced the FIDO2 passwordless support for hybrid environments. The integration of FIDO2-based YubiKeys and Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is a game changer. It combines the ubiquity of Azure AD, the usability of YubiKey, ... continue reading
Threat hunting: Part 1—Why your SOC needs a proactive hunting team

Threat hunting: Part 1—Why your SOC needs a proactive hunting team

Cybersecurity can often feel like a game of whack-a-mole. As our tools get better at stopping one type of attack, our adversaries innovate new tactics. Sophisticated cybercriminals burrow their way into network caverns, avoiding detection for weeks or even months, ... continue reading

Quick wins—single sign-on (SSO) and Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

With Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) and single sign-on (SSO) being a few of the most effective countermeasures against modern threats, organizations should consider a Cloud Identity as a Service (IDaaS), and MFA solution, like Azure Active Directory (AD). Here are seven ... continue reading
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A Journey to Holistic Cloud Protection with the Microsoft 365 Security Stack Part 2 – Identity

Welcome to part two of “A Journey to Holistic Cloud Protection with the Microsoft 365 Security Stack. For those wanting to checkout part one which was the overview please click here. For our first stop on the journey to holistic ... continue reading