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8 Biggest Microsoft Azure Security Issues You Need To Know About

From focusing more heavily on applications than infrastructure to dealing more frequently with customers with lots of private data, here are eight of the biggest Microsoft Azure security issues seen by technical experts.

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Azure Blob Storage Is Common Target Of Hackers

Azure has been abused a bit more than AWS in actual attacker stagecraft since it is a trusted environment that can be set up for free, and that's expected to continue going forward, according to Ryan Kalember, Proofpoint's EVP of cybersecurity strategy.

Attackers are very familiar with the Microsoft ecosystem, Kalember said, and have found SharePoint to be a wonderful tool for staging malware-based attacks via malicious link along with using compromise Office 365 accounts to launch attacks on third-party targets. Kalember said a PDF-based phishing campaign associated with Hurricane Michael actually pointed to pages hosted on Azure blob storage.

Campaigns oriented around Azure blob storage are incredibly cheap and very effective because it is by default trusted, and they occur pretty often since attackers are more familiar with the Microsoft ecosystem, Kalember said. Kalember said that Azure blob storage isn't the type of IP that should be whitelisted, and recommended that anything done in a user's own environment not blindly trust Azure.

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