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Okta Warns of Credential Stuffing Attacks Targeting Customer Identity Cloud

Okta Warns of Credential Stuffing Attacks Targeting Customer Identity Cloud

May 30, 2024 Credential Stuffing / Incident Response
Okta is warning that a cross-origin authentication feature in Customer Identity Cloud (CIC) is susceptible to credential stuffing attacks orchestrated by threat actors. "We observed that the endpoints used to support the cross-origin authentication feature being attacked via credential stuffing for a number of our customers," the Identity and access management (IAM) services provider said . The suspicious activity commenced on April 15, 2024, with the company noting that it "proactively" informed customers that had the feature enabled. It did not disclose how many customers were impacted by the attacks. Credential stuffing is a type of cyber attack in which adversaries attempt to sign in to online services using an already available list of usernames and passwords obtained either from previous data breaches, or from phishing and malware campaigns. As recommended actions, users are being asked to review tenant logs for any signs of unexpected login events –
Okta Discloses Broader Impact Linked to October 2023 Support System Breach

Okta Discloses Broader Impact Linked to October 2023 Support System Breach

Nov 29, 2023 Cyber Attack / Data Breach
Identity services provider Okta has disclosed that it detected "additional threat actor activity" in connection with the  October 2023 breach  of its support case management system. "The threat actor downloaded the names and email addresses of all Okta customer support system users," the company said in a statement shared with The Hacker News. "All Okta Workforce Identity Cloud (WIC) and Customer Identity Solution (CIS) customers are impacted except customers in our FedRamp High and DoD IL4 environments (these environments use a separate support system NOT accessed by the threat actor). The Auth0/CIC support case management system was not impacted by this incident." On top of that, the adversary is believed to have accessed reports containing contact information of all Okta certified users, some Okta Customer Identity Cloud (CIC) customers, and unspecified Okta employee information. However, it emphasized that the data does not include user credenti
Why Regulated Industries are Turning to Military-Grade Cyber Defenses

Why Regulated Industries are Turning to Military-Grade Cyber Defenses

Jun 14, 2024Cybersecurity / Regulatory Compliance
As cyber threats loom large and data breaches continue to pose increasingly significant risks. Organizations and industries that handle sensitive information and valuable assets make prime targets for cybercriminals seeking financial gain or strategic advantage.  Which is why many highly regulated sectors, from finance to utilities, are turning to military-grade cyber defenses to safeguard their operations. Regulatory Pressures Impacting Cyber Decisions Industries such as finance, healthcare, and government are subject to strict regulatory standards, governing data privacy, security, and compliance. Non-compliance with these regulations can result in severe penalties, legal repercussions, and damage to reputation. To meet regulatory requirements and mitigate the ever-increasing risk, organizations are shifting to adopt more robust cybersecurity measures. Understanding the Increase of Threats Attacks on regulated industries have increased dramatically over the past 5 years, with o
Okta's Recent Customer Support Data Breach Impacted 134 Customers

Okta's Recent Customer Support Data Breach Impacted 134 Customers

Nov 04, 2023 Data Breach / Cyber Attack
Identity and authentication management provider Okta on Friday disclosed that the  recent support case management system breach  affected 134 of its 18,400 customers. It further noted that the unauthorized intruder gained access to its systems from September 28 to October 17, 2023, and ultimately accessed HAR files containing session tokens that could be used for session hijacking attacks. "The threat actor was able to use these session tokens to hijack the legitimate Okta sessions of 5 customers," Okta's Chief Security Officer, David Bradbury,  said . Three of those affected include  1Password, BeyondTrust, and Cloudflare . 1Password was the first company to report suspicious activity on September 29. Two other unnamed customers were identified on October 12 and October 18. Okta formally  revealed  the  security event  on October 20, stating that the threat actor leveraged access to a stolen credential to access Okta's support case management system. Now, the
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1Password Detects Suspicious Activity Following Okta Support Breach

1Password Detects Suspicious Activity Following Okta Support Breach

Oct 24, 2023 Cyber Attack / Password Management
Popular password management solution 1Password said it detected suspicious activity on its Okta instance on September 29 following the support system breach, but reiterated that no user data was accessed. "We immediately terminated the activity, investigated, and found no compromise of user data or other sensitive systems, either employee-facing or user-facing," Pedro Canahuati, 1Password CTO,  said  in a Monday notice. The breach is said to have occurred using a session cookie after a member of the IT team shared a HAR file with Okta Support, with the threat actor performing the below set of actions - Attempted to access the IT team member's user dashboard, but was blocked by Okta Updated an existing IDP tied to our production Google environment Activated the IDP Requested a report of administrative users The company said it was alerted to the malicious activity after the IT team member received an email about the "requested" administrative user repor
Okta's Support System Breach Exposes Customer Data to Unidentified Threat Actors

Okta's Support System Breach Exposes Customer Data to Unidentified Threat Actors

Oct 21, 2023 Data Breach / Cyber Attack
Identity services provider Okta on Friday disclosed a new security incident that allowed unidentified threat actors to leverage stolen credentials to access its support case management system. "The threat actor was able to view files uploaded by certain Okta customers as part of recent support cases," David Bradbury, Okta's chief security officer, said . "It should be noted that the Okta support case management system is separate from the production Okta service, which is fully operational and has not been impacted." The company also emphasized that its Auth0/CIC case management system was not impacted by the breach, noting it has directly notified customers who have been affected. However, it said that the customer support system is also used to upload HTTP Archive (HAR) files to replicate end user or administrator errors for troubleshooting purposes. "HAR files can also contain sensitive data, including cookies and session tokens, that malici
Financially Motivated UNC3944 Threat Actor Shifts Focus to Ransomware Attacks

Financially Motivated UNC3944 Threat Actor Shifts Focus to Ransomware Attacks

Sep 18, 2023 Threat Intelligence / Ransomware
The financially motivated threat actor known as  UNC3944  is pivoting to ransomware deployment as part of an expansion to its monetization strategies, Mandiant has revealed. "UNC3944 has demonstrated a stronger focus on stealing large amounts of sensitive data for extortion purposes and they appear to understand Western business practices, possibly due to the geographical composition of the group," the threat intelligence firm  said . "UNC3944 has also consistently relied on publicly available tools and legitimate software in combination with malware available for purchase on underground forums." The group, also known by the names 0ktapus, Scatter Swine, and Scattered Spider, has been active since early 2022, adopting phone-based social engineering and SMS-based phishing to obtain employees' valid credentials using bogus sign-in pages and infiltrate victim organizations, mirroring tactics adopted by another group called  LAPSUS$ . While the group originall
Okta Warns of Social Engineering Attacks Targeting Super Administrator Privileges

Okta Warns of Social Engineering Attacks Targeting Super Administrator Privileges

Sep 02, 2023 Cyber Attack / Social Engineering
Identity services provider Okta on Friday warned of social engineering attacks orchestrated by threat actors to obtain elevated administrator permissions. "In recent weeks, multiple U.S.-based Okta customers have reported a consistent pattern of social engineering attacks against IT service desk personnel, in which the caller's strategy was to convince service desk personnel to reset all multi-factor authentication (MFA) factors enrolled by highly privileged users," the company  said . The adversary then moved to abuse the highly privileged Okta Super Administrator accounts to impersonate users within the compromised organization. The campaign, per the company, took place between July 29 and August 19, 2023. Okta did not disclose the identity of the threat actor, but the tactics exhibit all the hallmarks of an activity cluster known as  Muddled Libra , which is said to share some degree of overlap with Scattered Spider and Scatter Swine. Central to the attacks is a commercial phi
Hackers Breach Okta's GitHub Repositories, Steal Source Code

Hackers Breach Okta's GitHub Repositories, Steal Source Code

Dec 22, 2022 Software Security / Data Breach
Okta, a company that provides identity and access management services, disclosed on Wednesday that some of its source code repositories were accessed in an unauthorized manner earlier this month. "There is no impact to any customers, including any HIPAA, FedRAMP, or DoD customers," the company  said  in a public statement. "No action is required by customers." The security event, which was  first reported  by Bleeping Computer, involved unidentified threat actors gaining access to the Okta Workforce Identity Cloud ( WIC ) code repositories hosted on GitHub. The access was subsequently abused to copy the source code. The cloud-based identity management platform noted that it was alerted to the incident by Microsoft-owned GitHub in early December 2022. It also emphasized that the breach did not result in unauthorized access to customer data or the Okta service. Upon discovering the lapse, Okta said it placed temporary restrictions on repository access and that i
Okta Hackers Behind Twilio and Cloudflare Attacks Hit Over 130 Organizations

Okta Hackers Behind Twilio and Cloudflare Attacks Hit Over 130 Organizations

Aug 25, 2022
The threat actor behind the attacks on  Twilio  and  Cloudflare  earlier this month has been linked to a broader phishing campaign aimed at 136 organizations that resulted in a cumulative compromise of 9,931 accounts. The activity has been condemned  0ktapus  by Group-IB because the initial goal of the attacks was to "obtain Okta identity credentials and two-factor authentication (2FA) codes from users of the targeted organizations." Calling the attacks well designed and executed, the Singapore-headquartered company said the adversary singled out employees of companies that are customers of identity services provider Okta. The modus operandi involved sending targets text messages containing links to phishing sites that impersonated the Okta authentication page of the respective targeted entities. "This case is of interest because despite using low-skill methods it was able to compromise a large number of well-known organizations," Group-IB  said . "Furthe
Okta Says Security Breach by Lapsus$ Hackers Impacted Only Two of Its Customers

Okta Says Security Breach by Lapsus$ Hackers Impacted Only Two of Its Customers

Apr 20, 2022
Identity and access management provider Okta on Tuesday said it concluded its probe into the  breach  of a third-party vendor in late January 2022 by the LAPSUS$ extortionist gang and that it was far more limited in scope. Stating that the "impact of the incident was significantly less than the maximum potential impact" the company had previously shared last month, Okta  said  the intrusion impacted only two customer tenants, down from 366 as was initially assumed. The  security event  took place on January 21 when the LAPSUS$ hacking group gained unauthorized remote access to a workstation belonging to a Sitel support engineer. But it only became public knowledge nearly two months later when the adversary  posted  screenshots of Okta's internal systems on their Telegram channel. In addition to accessing two active customer tenants within the SuperUser application — which is used to perform basic management functions — the hacker group is said to have viewed limited
New Report on Okta Hack Reveals the Entire Episode LAPSUS$ Attack

New Report on Okta Hack Reveals the Entire Episode LAPSUS$ Attack

Mar 29, 2022
An independent security researcher has shared what's a detailed timeline of events that transpired as the notorious LAPSUS$ extortion gang broke into a third-party provider linked to the cyber incident at Okta in late January 2022. In a set of screenshots posted on Twitter, Bill Demirkapi  published  a two-page "intrusion timeline" allegedly prepared by Mandiant, the cybersecurity firm hired by Sitel to investigate the security breach. Sitel, through its acquisition of Sykes Enterprises in September 2021, is the third-party service provider that provides customer support on behalf of Okta. The authentication services provider revealed last week that on January 20, it was alerted to a new factor that was added to a Sitel customer support engineer's Okta account, an attempt that it said was successful and blocked. The incident only came to light two months later after LAPSUS$  posted screenshots  on their Telegram channel as evidence of the breach on March 22. The
Researchers Trace LAPSUS$ Cyber Attacks to 16-Year-Old Hacker from England

Researchers Trace LAPSUS$ Cyber Attacks to 16-Year-Old Hacker from England

Mar 24, 2022
Authentication services provider Okta on Wednesday named Sitel as the third-party linked to a  security incident  experienced by the company in late January that allowed the LAPSUS$ extortion gang to remotely take over an internal account belonging to a customer support engineer. The company added that 366 corporate customers, or about 2.5% of its customer base, may have been impacted by the "highly constrained" compromise. "On January 20, 2022, the Okta Security team was alerted that a new factor was added to a Sitel customer support engineer' Okta account [from a new location]," Okta's Chief Security Officer, David Bradbury,  said  in a statement. "This factor was a password." The disclosure comes after LAPSUS$ posted screenshots of Okta's apps and systems earlier this week, about two months after the hackers gain access to the company's internal network over a five-day period between January 16 and 21, 2022 using remote desktop proto
Microsoft and Okta Confirm Breach by LAPSUS$ Extortion Group

Microsoft and Okta Confirm Breach by LAPSUS$ Extortion Group

Mar 23, 2022
Microsoft on Tuesday  confirmed  that the LAPSUS$ extortion-focused hacking crew had gained "limited access" to its systems, as authentication services provider Okta revealed that nearly 2.5% of its customers have been potentially impacted in the wake of the breach. "No customer code or data was involved in the observed activities," Microsoft's Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) said, adding that the breach was facilitated by means of a single compromised account that has since been remediated to prevent further malicious activity. The Windows maker, which was already tracking the group under the moniker DEV-0537 prior to the public disclosure,  said  it "does not rely on the secrecy of code as a security measure and viewing source code does not lead to elevation of risk." "This public disclosure escalated our action allowing our team to intervene and interrupt the actor mid-operation, limiting broader impact," the company's security
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