Cyber Hackers Using Microsoft’s OneDrive For Spreading Malware


Microsoft’s OneDrive For Business Distributes Malware

The security analysts from Forcepoint Security Labs have reported that the criminal hackers are using MS OneDrive for Business to distribute malware and viruses. The researchers also identified that the hackers have been using this cloud storage service to host the various payloads that are linked in the spam email campaigns which uses social engineering techniques. If the targeted victims fall for the trap, then they can get infected with several notorious viruses.

The Forcepoint security analysts have used different email samples in order to demonstrate how the cyber crooks uses the Microsoft’s OneDrive for Business accounts to spread malware. Moreover, the notable cases include the junk email campaigns where the system users receive few counterfeit invoices or other legit looking information. By using the popular cloud service, the con artists hope to make their malicious links appear more legitimate to victims. The crooks have hacked genuine users accounts and have used them for the malware distribution which is a nasty tactic.

According to the Forcepoint security reports, the several scams primarily targets the computer users from UK and Australia. Besides, the targeted Australian users have received 55% (approximately) of the spam emails related to scam while the UK citizens received the rest. Both individual users and the business users should be concerned as a scam targets everyone. Although, it is currently undefined that how the Microsoft’s OneDrive for Business distribution accounts were hacked. Some of the scenarios includes following cases:

  • The accounts were compromised through the hacker attack.
  • Compromised via data leak.
  • Some of the accounts were created deliberately to serve viruses by the hackers.

Furthermore, the URL format of Microsoft’s OneDrive For Business downloads the links which uses the business website name of compromised users. This can both expand the infection ratio as well as lower down severely the reputation of an affected business. However, the MS OneDrive for Business is a part of Office 365 or SharePoint Server packages which is used by the organizations all around the world in order to store, share and synchronize their important work files.

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