Azure AD Newly Created Admin Account

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Azure AD Newly Created Admin Account


  • A user was observed sending multiple emails to internal recipients which were flagged by O365 reputation scanning as likely phishing emails.

Possible Root Causes

  • An attacker has compromised a single account and is abusing its access and implicit trust within an organization to attack additional accounts via spearphishing emails.
  • Benign emails have been flagged as suspicious based on their content or attachments, which are most frequently associated with invoices sent to distribution lists.

Business Impact

  • Spearphishing is one of the predominant ways attackers gain and expand access to credentials within an environment and is particularly effective when utilizing the implicit trust of an internal sender.
  • Successful internal spearphishing campaigns result in broad access to a large range of resources within the environment, resulting in a significant increase in overall impact of a compromised account incident within an organization.

Steps to Verify

  1. Review the details and contents of the email to validate it is malicious.
  2. Review additional detections and events by the source user which may indicate their account has been compromised.
  3. Validate the source user is aware of and sent the email that was flagged.