The Microsoft Teams acquired his protection Defender for Office 365 against Phishing - the "Safe Links" - to protect users from any dangerous phishing URLs. Additional anti-phishing protection is available for organizations using Defender for Office 365 to protect against phishing attacks using weaponized URLs. While the emails is key tool for distributing phishing links, its use Teams increased significantly during his pandemic COVID-19, which made it attractive target for phishing.
As Microsoft described earlier this year as part of "messages about the hybrid work model", the time devoted to Teams meetings, increased by 2,5 times worldwide between February 2020 and February 2021. Teams users now send 45% more chats per week on average and 42% more chats per person after hours.
The tech giant mentioned the following in a relevant blogpost: "Safe Links in Defender for Office 365 scans URLs when clicked to ensure that users are protected by the latest intelligence from Microsoft Defender. We are very excited to announce that this feature is now generally available. "
Given the huge change in Teams chat and video over the past year, it makes sense for Safe Links to become available on the communications platform - a feature of Defender for Office 365 from 2015. Microsoft has published one preview Phishing protection for Teams in April. Safe Links click protection can scan links in chats, group chats and Teams channels.
Safe Links scans and verifies URLs in real time, when a user clicks on a link. Every month, Microsoft systems almost detect 2 million unique URL-based payloads created by hackers for phishing. Microsoft blocks every month more than 100 million phishing emails with booby-trapped URLs.
Microsoft scans URLs when a user clicks, because hackers have learned to send benign links that they redirect after clicking to avoid detection.
The company also notes the following: "As detection technologies evolve faster to block malicious websites, sending malicious links to users becomes less efficient. Thus, the malicious agents develop their attacks. Instead of sending malicious links to users, they are now sending benign links. "Once the link is delivered, attackers redirect the link to a malicious site."
Source of information: zdnet.com