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Zero Trust and its role in securing the new normal

As the global crisis around COVID-19 continues, security teams have been forced to adapt to a rapidly evolving security landscape. Schools, businesses, and healthcare organizations are all getting work done from home on a variety of devices and locations, extending ... continue reading
Screenshot of a phishing email about a coronavirus update.

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
Behavioral blocking and containment: Transforming optics into protection

Behavioral blocking and containment: Transforming optics into protection

In today’s threat landscape—overrun by fileless malware that live off the land, highly polymorphic threats that mutate faster than traditional solutions can keep up with, human-operated attacks that adapt to what adversaries find on compromised machines, and other sophisticated threats—behavioral ... continue reading
sLoad launches version 2.0, Starslord

sLoad launches version 2.0, Starslord

sLoad, the PowerShell-based Trojan downloader notable for its almost exclusive use of the Windows BITS service for malicious activities, has launched version 2.0. The new version comes on the heels of a comprehensive blog we published detailing the malware’s multi-stage ... continue reading
Multi-stage downloader Trojan sLoad abuses BITS almost exclusively for malicious activities

Multi-stage downloader Trojan sLoad abuses BITS almost exclusively for malicious activities

Many of today’s threats evolve to incorporate as many living-off-the-land techniques as possible into the attack chain. The PowerShell-based downloader Trojan known as sLoad, however, puts all its bets on BITS. Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) is a component of ... continue reading
Image showing "Signers" using in the credential dumping tool signed using a stolen Whizzimo, LLC certificate.

GALLIUM: Targeting global telecom

Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) is raising awareness of the ongoing activity by a group we call GALLIUM, targeting telecommunication providers. When Microsoft customers have been targeted by this activity, we notified them directly with the relevant information they need ... continue reading
In hot pursuit of elusive threats: AI-driven behavior-based blocking stops attacks in their tracks

In hot pursuit of elusive threats: AI-driven behavior-based blocking stops attacks in their tracks

Our experience in detecting and blocking threats on millions of endpoints tells us that attackers will stop at nothing to circumvent protections. Even one gap in security can be disastrous to an organization. At Microsoft, we don’t stop finding new ... continue reading
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
Infographic of the strength of signal offered by the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph.

Executing on the vision of Microsoft Threat Protection

Over the last several months, we’ve provided regular updates on the rapid progress we’re making with Microsoft Threat Protection, which enables your organization to: Protect your assets with identity-driven security and powerful conditional access policies which ensure your assets are ... continue reading
Attack chain diagram

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