Cisco researchers have discovered a new PaaS service (Phishing-as-a-Service) that allows novice hackers to include "some of the most advanced" features in their cyberattacks.
Like other cybercriminal services, PaaS platforms lower the login threshold for attackers by offering unskilled hackers the ability to automate phishing attacks to have victims enter their credentials on a fake login page.
The Cisco Talos report says the new service is called "Greatness" and was first seen in mid-2022 - with activity peaking in December 2022 and March 2023, based on the number of samples available on VirusTotal.
Greatness has been used to attack companies rather than government organizations, such as by imitating their Microsoft 365 sign-in pages, indicating that users of the service are pursuing financial gain rather than espionage.
According to an analysis of phishing domains, businesses in manufacturing, healthcare and technology were the most targeted, with the US accounting for more than 50% of victims, followed by companies in the UK, Australia, South Africa and Canada.
The platform provides its partners with everything from an attachment and a link builder to "highly convincing fake sites and sign-in pages" where the victim's email address is already auto-filled and the company logo and background image are pulled from the organization's real Microsoft 365 sign-in page.
Greatness features also include Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) bypass, IP address filtering, and integration with Telegram bots, Cisco says. The Telegram bot is used to inform partners when the service steals an authenticated session cookie before the cookie expires.