The science behind Microsoft Threat Protection: Attack modeling for finding and stopping evasive ransomware

Microsoft Threat Protection uses a data-driven approach for identifying lateral movement, combining industry-leading optics, expertise, and data science to deliver automated discovery of some of the most critical threats today.
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Ransomware groups continue to target healthcare, critical services; here’s how to reduce risk

Multiple ransomware groups that have been accumulating access and maintaining persistence on target networks for several months activated dozens of ransomware deployments in the first two weeks of April 2020.
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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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Secured-core PCs: A brief showcase of chip-to-cloud security against kernel attacks

Secured-core PCs combine virtualization, operating system, and hardware and firmware protection. Along with Microsoft Defender ATP, Secured-core PCs provide end-to-end protection against advanced attacks that leverage driver vulnerabilities to gain kernel privileges.
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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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Hackers Expand Their Repertoire as Trend Micro Blocks 52 Billion Threats in 2019

Variety is welcome in most walks of life, but not when it comes to the threat landscape. Yet that is unfortunately the reality facing modern cybersecurity professionals. As Trend Micro’s 2019  roundup report reveals, hackers have an unprecedented array of tools, techniques and procedures at their disposal today. With 52 billion unique threats detected by…
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Warning! Windows 10 Fake Update is Actually Ransomware

Microsoft never sends updates via email. Many folks don’t know that, which is why a new ransomware campaign masquerading as a Windows 10 update is so pernicious. You may have already gotten a fake notice saying “Install Latest Microsoft Update Now!” Or “Critical Microsoft Windows Update!”, with the body of the message asking you to…
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Where Will Ransomware Go In The Second Half Of 2019?

Ransomware has been an evolutionary malware family that continues to shift and change over the years. From the first fakeAV, to police ransomware, to the now oft-used crypto-ransomware, this threat just will not go away. Based on the latest trends, we predict this threat will grow in the second half of this year. At Trend…
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This Week in Security News: Phishing Attacks and Ransomware

Welcome to our weekly roundup, where we share what you need to know about the cybersecurity news and events that happened over the past few days. This week, learn about schemes used in phishing and other email-based attacks. Also, learn how ransomware continues to make a significant impact in the threat landscape. Read on: New…
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