Skeleton Key

Malware Profile Updated 18 days ago
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Skeleton Key is a malware that can be injected into the LSASS process on a Domain Controller, enabling it to bypass security measures and exploit systems. The malware has been identified as capable of patching files like ole64.dll and msuta64.dll, making it particularly potent. Its name, "Skeleton Key," derives from its ability to fully bypass security protocols, akin to a universal key. This malware poses significant threats to various generative AI models tested by Microsoft researchers, including those from Microsoft Azure AI, Meta, Google Gemini, OpenAI, Mistral, Anthropic, and Cohere. Its potential for damage extends beyond mere disruption, as it can also steal personal information. The Skeleton Key malware came to prominence when hackers used it to breach both personal and enterprise email accounts of government officials hosted by Microsoft. The attack was notable as the digital skeleton key allowed unauthorized access to these sensitive accounts. It was later revealed that the malware could have been utilized for more extensive breaches than initially assumed. The incident led to significant criticism of Microsoft's security protocols, especially concerning their use of an expired encryption token that acted as a "skeleton key" for multiple private accounts. In response to the breach, Microsoft tightened its key issuance processes to prevent similar incidents in the future. However, the event highlighted the risks associated with single-factor authentication systems, which the threat actors exploited to gain unrestricted access to remote services. The episode emphasized the need for robust multi-factor authentication systems and stringent security protocols to protect against such sophisticated malware attacks. Furthermore, it underscored the importance of not relying on a single "skeleton key" that, if stolen, could enable widespread unauthorized access.
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DARKReading
18 days ago
Dangerous AI Workaround: 'Skeleton Key' Unlocks Malicious Content
CERT-EU
7 months ago
MOVEit, Capita, CitrixBleed and more: The biggest data breaches of 2023 | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware | National Cyber Security Consulting
CERT-EU
10 months ago
Microsoft reveals how hackers stole its email signing key... kind of | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #hacker | National Cyber Security Consulting
CERT-EU
10 months ago
Microsoft explains how China stole one of its secret keys
CERT-EU
a year ago
Now both chambers of Congress are investigating Microsoft email breach | Federal News Network
CERT-EU
a year ago
Sen. Wyden: ‘Hold Microsoft Responsible for Its Negligent Cybersecurity Practices’
CERT-EU
a year ago
Microsoft Accused of Negligence in Recent Email Compromise
CERT-EU
a year ago
With thousands of cybersecurity employees, Microsoft still doesn't know how it got hacked
CERT-EU
a year ago
Hate passwords? Google has taken a big step towards getting rid of them
MITRE
a year ago
Skeleton Key Malware Analysis
MITRE
a year ago
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