Latest Astaroth living-off-the-land attacks are even more invisible but not less observable

Astaroth is back sporting significant changes. The updated attack chain maintains Astaroth’s complex, multi-component nature and continues its pattern of detection evasion.
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Behavioral blocking and containment: Transforming optics into protection

Behavioral blocking and containment capabilities leverage multiple Microsoft Defender ATP components and features to immediately stop attacks before they can progress. We have expanded these capabilities to get even broader visibility into malicious behavior by using a rapid protection loop engine that leverages endpoint and detection response (EDR) sensors.
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Insights from one year of tracking a polymorphic threat

We discovered the polymoprhic threat Dexphot in October 2018. In the months that followed, we closely tracked the threat as attackers upgraded the malware, targeted new processes, and worked around defensive measures. One year’s worth of intelligence helped us gain insight not only into the goals and motivations of Dexphot’s authors, but of cybercriminals in general.
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In hot pursuit of elusive threats: AI-driven behavior-based blocking stops attacks in their tracks

Two new machine learning protection features within the behavioral blocking and containment capabilities in Microsoft Defender ATP specialize in detecting threats by analyzing behavior, adding new layers of protection after an attack has started running.
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