Anatomy of a Lapsus$ Attack

Vectra AI vs.
MFA Bypass

What happens when a notorious cybercrime group gains VPN access, bypasses MFA, steals credentials and starts moving laterally inside your hybrid cloud environment? We simulated a Lapsus$ attack to find out.

Shutting down an active MFA bypass attack with Vectra AI

In this Lapsus$ attack simulation, security analysts experienced the difference early detection makes. With an integrated signal to correlate detections across each attack surface, defenders quickly identified exactly where to focus efforts.

The attacker:

  • Conducts network recon
  • Uses stolen credentials
  • Moves laterally over multiple surfaces

Defenders know:

  • Which entities are impacted
  • Each surface occupied
  • What response actions to take
Response time
First Vectra Alert
5:02 A.M
Attack Stopped
5:22 A.M
Anatomy of a Lapsus$ Attack

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The secret to stopping Lapsus$ after it bypasses MFA? Attack Signal Intelligence™. Vectra AI’s patented AI-driven signal empowers defenders leveraging the Vectra AI Platform to move at the speed and scale of hybrid attackers — including Lapsus$ attacks targeting source code and email theft.

References in MITRE D3FEND
MITRE ATT&CK coverage
AI threat detection patents

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With Vectra AI, Lapsus$ attacks don’t stand a chance

With 11 references in the MITRE D3FEND framework — more than any other vendor — only Vectra AI provides the coverage you need to accurately map techniques. Attack Signal Intelligence detects and prioritizes:

Prioritizing tactics for Lapsus$

  • This simulated attack was initiated after threat actors gained VPN access.
  • Attackers immediately started doing recon and looked to move laterally.
  • They moved across three attack surfaces, swiped usernames and passwords and set up a path to exfiltrate sensitive data.
  • With an effective attack signal, TTPs were prioritized for defenders to take immediate action.
Prioritizing tactics for Lapsus$

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