FBI Highlights Emerging Initial Access Methods Used by Ransomware Groups 

From securityweek.com

The FBI has released a fresh warning on ransomware operators compromising third-party vendors and services to abuse them for initial access to victim environments.

Threat actors have been observed exploiting vulnerabilities in vendor-controlled remote access to servers and abusing legitimate system management tools to elevate permissions in victim organizations’ networks, the Bureau says.

“The FBI continues to track reporting of third-party vendors and services as an attack vector for ransomware incidents,” the agency notes in the alert (PDF) shared by the American Hospital Association.

According to the FBI, between 2022 and 2023, multiple ransomware attacks abused third-party gaming vendors to compromise the servers of small and tribal casinos and encrypt personally identifiable information (PII).

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