Microsoft vs Midnight Blizzard

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During last week’s episode, we briefly spoke about major security incidents that took place between January and February 2024, including the Midnight Blizzard attack. Today, we’re delving deeper into the specifics of this attack. From exploiting OAuth mechanics to navigating Microsoft’s corporate environment, the attackers demonstrated a level of sophistication that evaded conventional detection controls.  

Tune in to hear Andy and Paul examine its intricate attack chain and discuss their insights on what Microsoft should do in response.  

Timestamps: 

(2:00) – What does the attack chain for this breach look like? 

(7:11) – Timeline of the Attack 

(8:53) – Thoughts on Microsoft’s Response 

(18:55) – A Definition of an OAuth App and a Service Principal 

(27:36) – What do Admins need to do about this? 

(33:20) – Does the speed of change and the scale of Cloud Services negatively impact security? 

Episode Resources: 

Andy and Paul Discuss Malicious OAuth Apps

YouTube Video from Andy Robbins

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Midnight Blizzard, AnyDesk Breach & a $27 Million Ransomware Attack

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The Monthly Threat Report by Hornetsecurity is a valuable resource that provides monthly insights into M365 security trends, email-based threats, and commentary on current events in the cybersecurity space. For this episode, Andy is joined by Hornetsecurity’s CTO – Dr. Yvonne Bernard, for an in-depth analysis of major security breaches and ransomware attacks that occurred between January and February 2024. 

From the Midnight Blizzard attack on Microsoft to a ransomware attack that cost Johnson Controls 27 million USD, our hosts explore what went wrong and provide expert recommendations from the Security Lab at Hornetsecurity on how to protect your business from similar threats. 

Timestamps: 

(3:20) – Email Threat Trends from January 

(6:51) – What were the Most Targeted Industries for January? 

(9:52) – What were the most impersonated brands in January? 

(12:30) – A Discussion on the Midnight Blizzard attack on Microsoft 

(22:38) – The Recent Breach of AnyDesk 

(27:15) – $27 Million Cost of Ransomware attack on Johnson Controls 

(32:34) – A C-Suite Look at Microsoft 365 Co-Pilot and the Danger of Misconfigured Permissions 

Episode Resources:

Episode on Malicious OAuth Applications

Microsoft post on Midnight Blizzard Attack

Detailed Tactics Post from Microsoft on Midnight Blizzard Attack

Any Desk Public Announcement

Effortlessly manage Microsoft 365 permissions, enforce compliance policies, and monitor violations with 365 Permission Manager

Monthly Threat Report – February 2024

Co-Pilot and Misconfigured Permissions – A Looming Threat?

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The use of Large Language Models (LLMs), like ChatGPT has skyrocketed, infiltrating multiple facets of modern life. In today’s podcast episode, Andy and Paul Schnackenburg explore Microsoft 365 Co-Pilot and some surprising risks it can surface. Microsoft 365 Co-Pilot is more than just a virtual assistant: it’s a powerhouse of productivity! It is a versatile generative AI tool that is embedded within various Microsoft 365 applications, and as such, it can execute various tasks across different software platforms in seconds. 

Amidst discussions about Co-Pilot’s unique features and functionalities, many wonder: How does M365 Co-Pilot differ from other LLMs, and what implications does this hold for data security and privacy? Tune in to learn more!

Timestamps:

(4:16) – How is Co-Pilot different from other Large Language Models? 

(11:40) – How are misconfigured permissions a special danger with Co-Pilot? 

(16:53) – How do M365 tenant permission get so “misconfigured”? 

(21:53) – How can your organization use Co-Pilot safely? 

(26:11) – How can you easily right-size your M365 permissions before enabling Co-Pilot? 

Episode Resources:

Paul’s article on preparing for Co-Pilot

Webinar with demo showcasing the theft of M365 credentials

Start your free trial of M365 Total Protection

Effortlessly manage your Microsoft 365 permissions

The Dark Side of QR Codes

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QR Codes are used everywhere in our society, from reading restaurant menus to accessing Wi-Fi networks and authenticating payments. However, as with any technological advancement, there’s a flip side. While QR codes are not malicious in their essence, the landscape has shifted in recent years.  

Threat actors have evolved their tactics to exploit QR codes in various ways, posing new cybersecurity challenges. In this episode, host Andy teams up with Microsoft Certified Trainer Paul Schnackenburg to discuss the darker side of QR codes and the different ways in which threat actors are deceiving individuals. 

Episode Resources:

The Danger of Malicious OAuth Apps in M365

Train your users to spot malicious emails with the Security Awareness Services Demo

Safeguard your users from malicious QR codes with Advanced Threat Protection

EP30 (PART 2): Dissecting Microsoft’s Secure Future Initiative

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In this two-part episode, Andy and Paul Schnackenburg discuss Microsoft’s recently announced Secure Future Initiative, a multi-year commitment to revolutionize the design, building, testing and operation of technology for enhanced security standards in the age of AI. The discussion stems from the aftermath of the Storm 0558 breach that occurred in July 2023, orchestrated by Chinese nation-state threat actors. 

Tune in to gain a comprehensive understanding of the Secure Future Initiative and its implications. 

Episode Resources:

Episode 17: On-Prem Security vs. Cloud Security

Microsoft’s Announcement Regarding the Secure Future Initiative

EP30 (PART 1): Dissecting Microsoft’s Secure Future Initiative

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In this two-part episode, Andy and Paul Schnackenburg discuss Microsoft’s recently announced Secure Future Initiative, a multi-year commitment to revolutionize the design, building, testing and operation of technology for enhanced security standards in the age of AI. The discussion stems from the aftermath of the Storm 0558 breach that occurred in July 2023, orchestrated by Chinese nation-state threat actors. 

Tune in to gain a comprehensive understanding of the Secure Future Initiative and its implications.  

Stay tuned for part 2! 

Timestamps: 

(2:55) – An Update on the Microsoft Storm-0558 Breach 

(8:40) – The Microsoft Secure Future Initiative (SFI) 

(12:12) – Comparison with the 2002 Trustworthy Computing Initiative Memo 

(17:39) – The Trustworthiness of On-Prem vs. The Cloud 

(23:04) – How Does Microsoft Want to Use AI in Security? 

 

Episode Resources:

365TP Compliance & Awareness Free Trial

EP17: On-Prem Security vs Cloud Security

EP18: Generative AI in Defensive Tools

EP22: Can you trust Microsoft with Security?