Attack uses malicious InPage document and outdated VLC media player to give attackers backdoor access to targets

Credit to Author: Windows Defender ATP| Date: Thu, 08 Nov 2018 18:08:13 +0000

Our analysis of a targeted attack that used a language-specific word processor shows why its important to understand and protect against small-scale and localized attacks as well as broad-scale malware campaigns. The attack exploited a vulnerability in InPage, a word processor software for specific languages like Urdu, Persian, Pashto, and Arabic. More than 75% of

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Windows Defender Antivirus can now run in a sandbox

Credit to Author: Windows Defender Research| Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2018 17:10:18 +0000

Windows Defender Antivirus has hit a new milestone: the built-in antivirus capabilities on Windows can now run within a sandbox. With this new development, Windows Defender Antivirus becomes the first complete antivirus solution to have this capability and continues to lead the industry in raising the bar for security. Putting Windows Defender Antivirus in a

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Out of sight but not invisible: Defeating fileless malware with behavior monitoring, AMSI, and next-gen AV

Credit to Author: Windows Defender Research| Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2018 16:00:24 +0000

Removing the need for files is the next progression of attacker techniques. While fileless techniques used to be employed almost exclusively in sophisticated cyberattacks, they are now becoming widespread in common malware, too.

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Protecting the modern workplace from a wide range of undesirable software

Credit to Author: Windows Defender Research| Date: Tue, 07 Aug 2018 16:00:26 +0000

Security is a fundamental component of the trusted and productive Windows experience that we deliver to customers through modern platforms like Windows 10 and Windows 10 in S mode. As we build intelligent security technologies that protect the modern workplace, we aim to always ensure that customers have control over their devices and experiences. To

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Attack inception: Compromised supply chain within a supply chain poses new risks

Credit to Author: Windows Defender ATP| Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2018 13:00:13 +0000

A new software supply chain attack unearthed by Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (Windows Defender ATP) emerged as an unusual multi-tier case. Unknown attackers compromised the shared infrastructure in place between the vendor of a PDF editor application and one of its software vendor partners, making the apps legitimate installer the unsuspecting carrier of a

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March-April 2018 test results: More insights into industry AV tests

Credit to Author: Windows Defender ATP| Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2018 19:30:38 +0000

In a previous post, in the spirit of our commitment to delivering industry-leading protection, customer choice, and transparency on the quality of our solutions, we shared insights and context into the results of AV-TESTs January-February 2018 test cycle. We released a transparency report to help our customers and the broader security community to stay informed

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Machine learning vs. social engineering

Credit to Author: Windows Defender ATP| Date: Thu, 07 Jun 2018 13:00:56 +0000

Machine learning is a key driver in the constant evolution of security technologies at Microsoft. Machine learning allows Microsoft 365 to scale next-gen protection capabilities and enhance cloud-based, real-time blocking of new and unknown threats. Just in the last few months, machine learning has helped us to protect hundreds of thousands of customers against ransomware,

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Building Zero Trust networks with Microsoft 365

Credit to Author: Windows Defender ATP| Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2018 15:00:35 +0000

The traditional perimeter-based network defense is obsolete. Perimeter-based networks operate on the assumption that all systems within a network can be trusted. However, todays increasingly mobile workforce, the migration towards public cloud services, and the adoption of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) model make perimeter security controls irrelevant. Networks that fail to evolve from traditional

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Machine learning vs. social engineering

Credit to Author: Windows Defender ATP| Date: Thu, 07 Jun 2018 13:00:56 +0000

Machine learning is a key driver in the constant evolution of security technologies at Microsoft. Machine learning allows Microsoft 365 to scale next-gen protection capabilities and enhance cloud-based, real-time blocking of new and unknown threats. Just in the last few months, machine learning has helped us to protect hundreds of thousands of customers against ransomware,

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Adding transparency and context into industry AV test results

Credit to Author: Windows Defender ATP| Date: Thu, 24 May 2018 19:03:41 +0000

  Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson recently shared his insights on how Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (Windows Defender ATP) evolved to achieve important quality milestones. Our Windows Defender ATP team is committed to delivering industry-leading protection, customer choice, and transparency on the quality of our solutions. In the continued spirit of these principles, we

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Hunting down Dofoil with Windows Defender ATP

Credit to Author: Windows Defender ATP| Date: Wed, 04 Apr 2018 15:00:18 +0000

Dofoil is a sophisticated threat that attempted to install coin miner malware on hundreds of thousands of computers in March, 2018. In previous blog posts we detailed how behavior monitoring and machine learning in Windows Defender AV protected customers from a massive Dofoil outbreak that we traced back to a software update poisoning campaign several

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