Suspicious activity

Exposed aws access key was used in attempt to start EC2 instance

Risk Level

Informational (4)

Platform(s)
  • N/A

Description

It has been found that an exposed aws access key was used in attempt to start EC2 instance. AWS proactively monitors popular code repository sites for exposed AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) access keys. On detection of an exposed IAM access key, a policy named 'AWSExposedCredentialPolicy_DO_NOT_REMOVE' is assigned to the IAM user in order to notify on the leaked access key.
  • Recommended Mitigation

    It is recommended to rotate the exposed aws access key immediately and to review if the start instance is a legitimate action.