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Ensuring customers are protected from Solorigate

Microsoft is monitoring a dynamic threat environment surrounding the discovery of a sophisticated attack that included compromised binaries from a legitimate software. These binaries, which are related to the SolarWinds Orion Platform, could be used by attackers to remotely access ... continue reading
Diagram showing IcedID attack chain, with labels identifying what stage the attack was stopped

EDR in block mode stops IcedID cold

We are happy to announce the general availability of endpoint detection and response (EDR) in block mode in Microsoft Defender for Endpoint. EDR in block mode turns EDR detections into real-time blocking of malicious behaviors, malware, and artifacts. It uses ... continue reading
Trickbot disrupted

Trickbot disrupted

As announced today, Microsoft took action against the Trickbot botnet, disrupting one of the world’s most persistent malware operations. Microsoft worked with telecommunications providers around the world to disrupt key Trickbot infrastructure. As a result, operators will no longer be ... continue reading
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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
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