Suspicious activity

AWS root account created user

Risk Level

Informational (4)



Orca detected that the root account was used to create a new AWS user. This action may indicate of a presence of an unauthorized actor in the cloud environment, since creating new users usually are not made from the root account profile. The root account should not be used in day to day administrative tasks because it can't be deleted and its permissions can't be revoked. If its credentials will be stolen the entire account is at risk.
  • Recommended Mitigation

    It is recommended to review the root account activity and eliminate the use of the root account by creating individual users with set permissions.