Sep 29 2021 08:29 AM
Sep 29 2021 08:29 AM
So we are seeing multiple alerts via Azure Security Centre for the following
Communication with suspicious random domain name (Preview)
The alerts show that various assets connected to our domain are querying via our DNS server various nefarious looking domain names such as 25jimj.qgxouyclggk.com and 3dde4b.zbrjtstrclnm.com
In all of these cases we can see that the asset has connected to various IP addresses that are registered to amazon. We seee multiple hits to amazon and then we see hits to these random domains.
The alert points us to the following
We run virus scans on these machines and no malware or issues are being reported.
This alert is in preview so very little online about the alert itself.
Does anyone on here know much about this alert?
How concerned should we be?
These assets themselves are onboarded onto Defender but this activity does not trigger any alert.
Oct 27 2021 06:17 AM
@ragnar667 We're seeing these as well; I believe that the requests come from Chrome (or a Chromium-based browser) checking for ISP DNS interception at startup. (See https://mikewest.org/2012/02/chrome-connects-to-three-random-domains-at-startup/.) You'll probably see www.[random].com plus one request for each search domain. This is benign, but unfortunately causes near 100% false-positives.
Jan 05 2022 03:49 AM - edited Jan 05 2022 03:53 AM
Oct 20 2022 06:24 PM - edited Oct 20 2022 06:25 PM
We received a Sentinel alert for this URL: 6c3140.bwtjgtbsgvqqwg.com
When searching through our proxy logs, the full URL ended up being:
Looking at some of the keywords, Perthnow is a local news website operated by a tabloid newspaper. Taboola is a public advertising company. Therefore, I believe these alerts are less about DNS assistance, and more web based advertising as highlighted by @Tun33elrt
Oct 21 2022 04:36 AM
@RichardH01 I think the advertisers are using randomized domain names for the same reason the malware was: to make it harder to block the traffic.
Nov 20 2022 10:25 PM