Consulting with a Conscience™

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Written by Amol Joshi
on April 03, 2023

Cybersecurity is an ever-changing landscape, and one of the most recent threats organizations face is Lockbit 3.0. Developed by the Ragnar Locker cybercriminal group, this variant of Locky ransomware has been found in multiple attacks targeting organizations worldwide. It uses several techniques to evade detection, making it difficult for security teams to protect against it. But Microsoft Defender for Endpoint can detect it.

What is Lockbit 3.0?

Lockbit 3.0 is a ransomware developed by Ragnar Locker that encrypts files on infected systems, preventing users from accessing them until a ransom is paid in exchange for decryption keys. This version has been modified to make it more difficult to detect and remove from infected systems through several techniques such as multifactor authentication, randomizing file names associated with downloads, as well as using strong encryption ciphers such as AES-256 and RSA-4096. It also can disable Windows services like Windows Defender and use stealth techniques such as API hooking to hide from endpoint security solutions. In addition, Lockbit 3.0 also has an exploit kit that targets older versions of Windows systems like XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10, which are still commonly used in many organizations today.

Can Microsoft Defender for Endpoint Detect Lockbit 3.0?

Fortunately, Microsoft Defender for Endpoint can detect Lockbit 3.0 even when other solutions fail. Microsoft Defender for Endpoint has advanced threat protection capabilities and powerful machine learning algorithms that are constantly being updated with new threat intelligence data from around the world to keep up with emerging threats. Microsoft Defender for Endpoint also offers endpoint detection and response (EDR) features that allow organizations to quickly respond to incidents by providing visibility into malicious activities on their network so they can take action before damage is done or data is stolen or encrypted by ransomware like Lockbit 3.0.

The cybersecurity landscape continues to evolve rapidly, and new threats emerge daily that organizations must be prepared for to protect their networks from attackers looking to exploit vulnerabilities, steal sensitive data, or disrupt operations through ransomware attacks like Lockbit 3.0. While no security solution can guarantee 100% protection against all threats, taking proactive steps toward protecting your organization's networks will help reduce risk significantly over time.


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