Select City

    Hackers Are Attempting To Spread Malware Using Microsoft Team Chats

    Share:facebookinstagramwhatsapp
    google-follow
    By Ritika Sharma | 
    Updated: 21st Feb 2022 10:56 IST

    Table Of Contents

    • 1
      What Microsoft Team Researchers Say?
    • 2
      More On It!

    Highlights of the Story

    • Microsoft Teams is now one of the most widely used collaboration tools globally.
    • With its increasing popularity, hackers and bad actors have targeted the programme to spread malware and other dangerous files.
    • Cybercriminals breach an organization’s Teams network and transfer executable files, causing data loss.

    Some hackers target Microsoft Teams accounts by adding malicious executables to chat and disseminating them to participants in the discussion, according to Avanan researchers. In January 2022, Avanan added, hackers began throwing malicious executable files into Teams talks. Creates shortcut links, writes data to the Windows registry, and instals DLL files. The cyber security firm sees hundreds each month

    By faking a user or emailing.exe files to Teams discussions, hackers are attacking Teams. Then, the threat actor adds a Trojan.exe file dubbed “User-Centric” to a chat. This will install DLL files and generate self-administering shortcuts.

    Also Read:

    Microsoft Surface Solo Renders Leaked

    What Microsoft Team Researchers Say?

    The researchers say it is possible to compromise a partner organization and listen to inter-organizational communications. Threat actors may also exploit an email account to access Teams. In addition, a prior phishing effort or data breach might provide them access to Teams and other Office apps.

    Microsoft Teams

    Once inside an organization, the experts said an attacker generally understands what technology is protecting it. So they’ll know what malware will evade current defences.

    “The default Teams protections are inadequate, as they only scan for malicious links and files. “Many email security solutions do not protect Teams,” says Avanan’s report.

    Also Read:

    Microsoft Teams To Allow Third-Party Apps During Meetings

    “Hackers who gain access to Teams accounts via East-West attacks or phishing attacks have free rein to attack millions of unsuspecting users.”

    More On It!

    Because consumers trust the platform implicitly, hackers may easily breach Microsoft Teams. For example, an Avanan examination of Teams-enabled hospitals revealed that clinicians might freely communicate patient medical information on Teams.

    “Medical staff are generally aware of the risks with email sharing but ignore them when using Teams. “Invitations from other companies are often sent or received with little oversight,” Avanan said.

    Also Read:

    Report: Microsoft Could Buy All Of TikTok, Including India And Europe

    “Due to the Teams platform’s unfamiliarity, many will trust and approve requests. For example, a user may easily pretend to be the CEO, CFO, or IT help desk inside an organization.”

    Microsoft Teams has grown in popularity since the epidemic began, with 270 million monthly active users in the second quarter of fiscal 2022.

    This exploit shows that hackers are starting to grasp and use Teams as a possible attack vector, says Avanan. As Team use grows, the cyber security firm predicts a surge in these types of assaults. The newest attack seems to target US users.

    Also Read:

    Reports: China May Not Allow Microsoft To Acquire TikTok

    Assuring that all files are downloaded in a sandbox and checked for dangerous material is recommended by Avavan, as is encouraging end-users to contact IT when they encounter an unknown file.



    Comments

    Featured Videos

    • Living A Life Of Chaos With iPhone 14 Pro
      Since we began using the Apple iPhone 14 Pro, we’ve encountered various issues and most of which are related to iOS 16. Several issues that we’ve faced are related to notifications, Always-on -display, battery life and wallpaper. Until these issues are officially fixed, we will have to live with them. We tried to tackle some of…
      31st Oct 2022
    • OnePlus 9RT Alternatives To Buy In India Under Rs 45,000
      The OnePlus 9RT, a T upgrade, was out this year, although it’s only available in price-sensitive areas like China and India. The OnePlus 9RT has superior cameras, including a 50MP primary sensor, a little more prominent display, a premium design, good battery/charging and a more effective Snapdragon 888 CPU. Overall, this smartphone looks excellent with…
      28th Oct 2022
    • iPhone 14 Pro Vs iPhone 13 Pro Vs iPhone 12 Pro Camera Comparison
      We’ll discuss the overall camera setup & quality of the iPhone 14 Pro Vs iPhone 13 Pro Vs iPhone 12 Pro in the article. All of these phones come with a triple-camera setup. However, you might find some significant upgrades in the iPhone 14 Pro. Let’s find out the details about the camera quality of…
      7th Oct 2022
    • Moto Edge 30 Pro Vs iQOO 9T Comparison: Which One To Buy?
      The year 2022 is known as the year of the launch of many flagship smartphones. However, there is quite a decent competition between the phones in the price segment of Rs 50,000, and even there are too many options to choose from. Here in this article, we’ll compare the Moto Edge 30 Pro Vs IQOO…
      6th Oct 2022
    • iQOO 9T Vs OnePlus 9RT Full Comparison: Which One To Buy?
      We will discuss the iQOO 9T Vs OnePlus 9RT comparison in the article. Both phones come with the same price tag. In addition, both of these phones come with impressive specs and features. However, there exist some significant differences too. To know these differences, let’s explore the article and know which one to choose among the iQOO 9T &…
      27th Sep 2022

    You May Also Read

    Vivo Mobile Phones With 4000mAh Battery Price List
    Vivo Mobile Phones With 4000mAh Battery Price List
    Vivo has launched some of the best handsets in 2022 with great specs and features. One such important feature for a smartphone user is the size of the battery of their smartphone. Some people change their smartphones only because they are looking for a phone with a larger battery. We have made a list of…