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Snowflake Accounts Targeted in Credential Theft Campaign

An urgent push for MFA.
Emily Hill
Contributing Writer
MFA lock with snowflakes surrounding.

Cloud computing giant Snowflake recently issued a warning to its customers, highlighting a rise in attacks targeting accounts without multifactor authentication (MFA). This alert is part of a complex and fast-evolving situation, potentially linked to significant breaches involving Ticketmaster and Santander Bank. The warning followed revelations from Live Nation and other sources about unauthorized activities in third-party cloud databases hosted by Snowflake.

Snowflake, along with cybersecurity firms CrowdStrike and Mandiant, has stressed that no software vulnerabilities or misconfigurations were found. Instead, attackers used stolen credentials to access certain customer accounts.

Why It Matters: The breach of Snowflake accounts highlights the persistent risk posed by inadequate security practices in the cloud environment. With major corporations relying on these services for sensitive data storage, the potential fallout from such breaches can be extensive and damaging, affecting millions of individuals and numerous businesses.

  • Official Responses and Recommendations: Snowflake, along with CrowdStrike and Mandiant, has been proactive in issuing security guidelines. They recommend enabling MFA and limiting network traffic to trusted locations to mitigate such risks.
  • Corporate Impact: Major corporations like JetBlue, Mastercard, and Honeywell, which rely on Snowflake for data storage and analytics, are assessing their security measures and the potential impact on their operations.
  • Global Implications: The breaches have attracted the attention of international cybersecurity agencies. An Australian cyber agency reported tracking increased cyber threat activity linked to Snowflake customer environments.

Go Deeper -> 1 big thing: Massive data breaches could tie back to Snowflake cloud accounts – Axios

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