The use of improperly secured Remote Desktop Protocol connections on Windows machines has been found to be the biggest entry point for ransomware, according to a quarterly evaluation by Coveware, a company that is intimately involved in handling such attacks.
The man called the invisible god of networks aka Fxmsp by the security firm Group-IB compromised more than 135 company networks and sold access to them in 44 countries over three-plus years, raking in at least $1.5 million, the firm says in a detailed document about him. The name is taken from a quote in an ad posted by a user Lampeduza to promote Fxmsp's services: "You will become the invisible god of networks."
More than three-quarters of the Windows ransomware cases across the 2017 to 2019 period studied by Mandiant Intelligence, a division of security firm FireEye, occurred after working hours.
Windows machines which have the remote desktop protocol enabled received login attempts within a day of being exposed on the Internet, the British security firm Sophos says, adding that the 10 honeypots it placed received a total of 4.3 million failed login attempts in a 30-day period.
Credentials for accessing computers at a major international airport through Microsoft's proprietary Remote Desktop Protocol have been found for sale for as little as US$10 by American security firm McAfee.
A Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) client for the Raspberry Pi has been released by Parallels, allowing the low-cost hardware to be used to present virtual desktops.
A proof of concept exploit of Windows' Remote Desktop Protocol is circulating. If you can't patch your systems immediately, other protections may be called for.
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