A large malvertising attack recently hit the Yahoo! advertising network, which leveraged Microsoft Azure websites and eventually redirected browsers to pages hosting the Angler Exploit Kit to compromise systems.
Cybercriminals are getting increasingly sophisticated in their efforts to outsmart security defenses such as sandboxing. Here is a quick look at techniques used by attackers to evade sandbox detection.
Malvertising underscores the need for an approach to security that addresses the full attack continuum. With ongoing visibility and control, and intelligent and continuous updates, security professionals can take action to stop the inevitable outbreak.
In the same way we have watched APT techniques trickle down from nation-state actors to more opportunistic criminals, we should expect MitB to expand from financial services to all types of applications.
While attackers are constantly improving their evasion tactics to extend the lifetime of their malware, users can also leverage these types of evasion tactics to help prevent malware infection in the first place.
Many continue to click on links or attachments sent via email without taking any steps to verify the origin of the email or the validity of the link or attachment. It only takes one click to for an attacker to establish a foothold in the target’s systems.
Trying to defend against modern, advanced attacks with one-off point solutions is like playing a whack-a-mole game, always one step behind the attacker and trying to play catch up with the alerts as they’re received.