Suspicious activity

Root profile was used to list S3 buckets

Risk Level

Informational (4)

Platform(s)

Description

Orca detected that a Root profile was used to list S3 buckets. This action may indicate of a presence of an unauthorized actor in the cloud environment, since listing S3 buckets usually are not made from the root account profile. Furthermore, listing S3 buckets is a common enumeration action attackers conduct in the reconnaissance phase. 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.