New Phishing Platform Targets Microsoft 365 Accounts at Financial Firms



Phishing Platform TargetsAnalysis of the latest phishing-as-a-service (PhaaS) platform ONNX Store highlights just how successful these platforms can be.

Security analysts at threat intelligence vendor Eclectic IQ have been tracking ONNX Store, noting it’s a rebranded evolution of the Caffeine PhaaS platform. According to analysis, ONNX has been used to target financial institutions, “including banks, private funding firms and credit union service providers across the EMEA and AMER regions.”

This platform uses a combination of socially-engineered phishing emails, QR codes contained within PDF attachments, impersonated Microsoft 365 authentication pages hosted on bulletproof hosting services, proxied MFA, and encrypted JavaScript code to avoid detection.

Eclectic IQ mapped out all the services, websites, bots and more used as by this elaborate platform:

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Source: Electric IQ

It's a rather elaborate setup.

This expository look at ONNX Store should have organizations worried. Something this sophisticated that takes into account just about every way a user or security solution could detect it’s a phishing attack is troublesome.

The one element of the attack that even ONNX can’t mimic perfectly is the phish itself.  It requires the recipient to believe they need to open a PDF attachment and then use their mobile phone to scan the QR code to read the document.

Users that undergo continual security awareness training will realize when first receiving such an email that it’s unexpected and – therefore – suspect to being with. 

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