Microsoft works with healthcare organizations to protect from popular ransomware during COVID-19 crisis: Here’s what to do

Microsoft identified several dozens of hospitals with vulnerable gateway and VPN appliances. We sent these hospitals a first-of-its-kind notification with important info about the vulnerabilities, how attackers can take advantage of them, and a strong recommendation to apply security updates.
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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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Human-operated ransomware attacks: A preventable disaster

In human-operated ransomware attacks, adversaries exhibit extensive knowledge of systems administration and common network security misconfigurations, perform thorough reconnaissance, and adapt to what they discover in a compromised network.
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Ghost in the shell: Investigating web shell attacks

Web shell attacks allow adversaries to run commands and steal data from an Internet-facing server or use the server as launch pad for further attacks against the affected organization.
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sLoad launches version 2.0, Starslord

sLoad has launched version 2.0. With the new version, sLoad, which is a PowerShell-based Trojan downloader notable for its almost exclusive use of the Windows BITS service for malicious activities, has added an anti-analysis trick and the ability to track the stage of infection for every affected machine.
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Rethinking cyber scenarios—learning (and training) as you defend

Gamified cybersecurity learning is an increasingly important must-have in your SecOps program, from understanding basic concepts all the way into advanced attacker and defense scenarios. Microsoft and Circadence are working together to democratize and scale cyber readiness globally.
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Data science for cybersecurity: A probabilistic time series model for detecting RDP inbound brute force attacks

Microsoft Defender ATP data scientists and threat hunters collaborate to use a data science-driven approach to detecting RDP brute force attacks to protect customers against real-world threats.
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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 the Windows operating system that provides an ability to transfer files in an asynchronous and…
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