AWS Suspect Escalation Reconnaissance

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AWS Suspect Escalation Reconnaissance

Triggers

  • Credential was observed performing a set of unusual API requests that can be associated with the discovery or subsequent phase of an attack.

Possible Root Causes

  • An attacker may be actively looking for privilege escalation opportunities,
  • A security or IT service may intentionally be enumerating these APIs for monitoring reasons.

Business Impact

  • Privilege escalation may indicate the presence of an adversary that is modifying permissions to progress towards an objective.

Steps to Verify

  • Investigate the account context that performed the action for other signs of malicious activity.
  • Validate that any modifications are authorized, given the purpose and policies governing this resource.
  • If review indicates possible malicious actions or high-risk configuration, revert configuration and disable credentials associated with this alert then perform a comprehensive investigation.