Researchers from CyberArk discovered a worm-like vulnerability that lets hackers use a malicious GIF file to scrape user data and to take over the entire roster of Teams accounts. "It would be a very niche attack, probably reserved for high-value targets. It will limit push notification subscriptions to 90 days. “We’ve isolated the source of the issue and applied a mitigation. Those tokens are handled by Microsoft at its server located at or any subdomain under that address. An example of one such attack was given by the researchers where a document link was provided, that document being located at an unwary email marketing provider site. Spacecraft Reveals that Venus' Atmosphere is Rotating Faster than the Planet Itself; Here's Why. They kids message questions. Of course, it's already been fixed, and Microsoft was quick to address the issue CyberArk reported. A three-time winner of the BT Security Journalist of the Year award (2006, 2008, 2010) I was also fortunate enough to be named BT Technology Journalist of the Year in 1996 for a forward-looking feature in PC Pro called 'Threats to the Internet.' But Prof Woodward added that all software was bound to have security flaws occasionally. No less than 712 malicious or suspicious stimulus package domains had been registered. An inappropriate message came from his name that he didn't write. Again, we are only speculating here. Once the user click’s in the email it takes them to the fake landing that impersonates the real webpages of Microsoft Teams. You can follow us on Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook for daily Cybersecurity and hacking news updates. Recently, TheWindowsClub revealed Google’s plan to limit the notifications subscriptions in Chrome. Sign up for our email newsletter today.Tech Times' biggest stories, delivered to your inbox. Earlier this week, Microsoft was hammered with Teams for Android users receiving random notifications comprising four exclamation points and spelling as well as grammatical mistakes: “FCM Messagess. The attackers are also using newly-registered domains that are designed to fool recipients into thinking the notifications are from an official source. EY & Citi On The Importance Of Resilience And Innovation, Impact 50: Investors Seeking Profit — And Pushing For Change. I'm a three-decade veteran technology journalist and have been a contributing editor at PC Pro magazine since the first issue in 1994. Test Notificationsss!!!!”. 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I report and analyse breaking cybersecurity and privacy stories, Zoom Gets Stuffed: Here's How Hackers Got Hold Of 500,000 Passwords, Microsoft Issues Emergency Security Update And Warns Of 3D Graphics Hack, Hacker Claims Popular Android App Store Breached: Publishes 20 Million User Credentials, The Average Windows 10 PC Has 14 'Weaponized' Vulnerabilities, New Research Finds, EY & Citi On The Importance Of Resilience And Innovation, Impact 50: Investors Seeking Profit — And Pushing For Change, confirmed it is moving into the video chat space, immediate threat to the dominance of Zoom, somewhat unfairly in my never humble opinion, a malicious GIF that could have stolen account data, 712 malicious or suspicious stimulus package domains. Soon after users … CyberArk used a Donald Duck GIF for its hack, which could've proven problematic for Teams users if ... [+] malicious hackers had abused it before Microsoft patched. The discovery by researchers from Abnormal Security reveals what it says is a multi-prong Microsoft Teams impersonation attack. Especially when it comes to doing business during the work from home transition for so many employees worldwide. Famous Detective Duck@Chicken and Detective Globe are thinking about it. CyberArk found that it was possible to hijack two of those subdomains - and - as part of an attack. Teams have been hacked. That’s because the GIF’s source was a compromised subdomain and Teams will automatically contact them to view the image. The aim, simply to steal employee Microsoft Office 365 login credentials. Contact me in confidence at if you have a story to reveal or research to share. Zoom rose to the top fast, but thanks to various security and privacy issues, was pegged back by competitors. They also warned that there might be similar attacks that could replicate from this GIF attack on other platforms in the future. Every account that could have been impacted by this vulnerability could also have been a spreading point to all other company accounts,” the researchers wrote in a report handed to Forbes ahead of publication. I'm associate editor for Forbes, covering security, surveillance and privacy.

I use WhatsApp and Treema too. Victims will not have any indication of they’ve been attacked as the take over process is stealthy and dangerous. Testing notification from Microsoft to investigate the problem.”. Do not reproduce without permission. At the same time that increasing numbers of prominent organizations have been announcing bans on the use of Zoom, somewhat unfairly in my never humble opinion, so many have been turning to Microsoft Teams instead. Or you can email me at, or A professor from the University of Surrey, Alan Woodward, said that the type of exploit had already been seen before when applicants fail to do the mandatory checks while bringing in content from external servers or "apparently harmless gifs. According to CyberArk, the following subdomains are vulnerable to takeover; An attacker can force the user to visit one of the sub-domains and get access to the auth token, by having the auth token attackers can steal the victim’s Teams account data.
One month ago, a suspicious suspect complains his Microsoft Teams get hacked. Although the likes of Telegram, the secure messenger service with 400 million users, has confirmed it is moving into the video chat space, the most immediate threat to the dominance of Zoom is Microsoft Teams.

© 2020 BBC. A Couple of days before a new Zoom flaw lets hackers record Zoom meeting sessions and to capture the chat text without the knowledge of meeting participants’ even though host disables recording option for the participants. CTRL + SPACE for auto-complete. As far as the credential-stealing payload is concerned, this is delivered in an equally meticulous way. All a user had to do was to view the GIF. The vulnerability was patched on April 20, though Microsoft took action earlier on 23 March to ensure the vulnerable subdomains couldn’t be hijacked. In 2011 I was honored with the Enigma Award for a lifetime contribution to IT security journalism. This doesn't necessarily mean they are off the cyber-hook when it comes to being attack targets.

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