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Learn How to Defeat Advanced Attacks against Active Directory at Microsoft Ignite 2017

Learn How to Defeat Advanced Attacks against Active Directory at Microsoft Ignite 2017

There’s a lot of news coverage on threats like ransomware, malware, and phishing that are all about punching holes in organizations to grab quick spoils. But what isn’t getting a lot of coverage is the careful, patient planning attackers do once inside your Microsoft Active Directory (AD) environment. They fly under the radar scoping out your domain and amassing privileges so they can spread out, dig in, and access a smorgasbord of sensitive data. These meticulously executed—and ultimately more dangerous…

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From Botnets to DACL Backdoors: A Journey through Modern Active Directory Attacks – Part I

From Botnets to DACL Backdoors: A Journey through Modern Active Directory Attacks – Part I

Active Directory DACL Backdoors In my last blog post, we examined Active Directory (AD) backdoors and how to defend against them. The botnets’ primary communication mechanism relied on abusing AD attributes. Once established, these botnets allow attackers to communicate across internal security controls, exfiltrate data—and most importantly—gain a foothold that is very difficult to detect and remove. All accomplished without one line of malicious code. Now that’s a real life advanced persistent threat…only it isn’t as advanced as nation-state style…

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4 Attacks that Exploit Active Directory Permissions and How to Protect Against Them

4 Attacks that Exploit Active Directory Permissions and How to Protect Against Them

Introduction: Active Directory Permissions Attacks In a previous blog series, we have written about attacks against Active Directory (AD) administrative rights and service accounts. These topics have led to several discussions with coworkers and employees about other ways to penetrate and attack Active Directory environments. Throughout these conversations, one topic was repeatedly overlooked: Active Directory permissions. Most approaches to elevating privileges within AD focus on administrative rights, stealing credentials and passwords, and performing pass-the-hash attacks. These are all very effective…

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