Attackers Spoofing Known Tech, Security Brands

Infosecurity Magazine | April 12, 2019

Attackers Spoofing Known Tech, Security Brands
Researchers at GreatHorn have identified what they are calling a widespread attack in which attackers spoofed both the Microsoft brand in the display name and the Barracuda Networks brand in the return path and received headers, with the goal of stealing credentials. The team identified an attack notable in that the return path spoofs a noreply.barracudanetworks.com return path. “The attackers crafted the received headers so that it appears to have gone through multiple “Barracuda” hops prior to sending the email via a server designed to look like a Barracuda server. Microsoft has then automatically appended legitimate received header details to the spoofed headers, making it appear that much more legitimate,” researchers wrote. According to today’s blog post, attackers leveraged a known security flaw in Microsoft’s handling of authentication frameworks. Rather than dictating how it wants domain-based message authentication, reporting, and conformance (DMARC) failures and exceptions to be handled, “Microsoft Office 365 typically ignores those directives and, at best, treats them as spam or junk instead of quarantining or rejecting them, making it more likely for the user to interact with such spoofs.” That a major tech company has not embraced DMARC is in line with the findings of a recent report, Tech Companies Make Progress in Anti-Phishing Protection, published by ValiMail.

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In any organization, it's more important than ever to verify people are connected to IT resources with the appropriate credentials and level of assurance. But in today's constantly changing environments where people are frequently joining, leaving or moving to new positions, and technology is constantly evolving to meet business opportunities and challenges how do you ensure that the access you've established for users stays current and appropriate?

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In any organization, it's more important than ever to verify people are connected to IT resources with the appropriate credentials and level of assurance. But in today's constantly changing environments where people are frequently joining, leaving or moving to new positions, and technology is constantly evolving to meet business opportunities and challenges how do you ensure that the access you've established for users stays current and appropriate?