Over 100k Daily Brute-force Attacks On RDP In Pandemic Lockdown – Expert Reaction

In response to research findings that indicate the number of daily brute-force attacks against Windows remote desktop service has almost doubled during the pandemic lockdown, a cybersecurity expert offers perspective.


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Laurence Pitt, Global Security Strategy Director,  Juniper Networks
June 30, 2020
It is an invitation for anyone walking by to pop in, take what they want and mess up everything else.
Attacks using RDP are not a new problem, but one made worse by the number of RDP ports that have been exposed to the internet in recent months. According to some statistics, they have increased by around 50%. More ports equates to more opportunity for the bad guys. Reducing the risk of attack is not complicated, as these attacks are either taking advantage of well-known existing exploits, such as ....
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Javvad Malik, Security Awareness Advocate,  KnowBe4
June 30, 2020
Security awareness and training should also form a critical component of any layered defensive strategy.
RDP has been a popular attack vector for many years now, but this has increased even more ever since IT teams had to accomodate a remote workforce due to COVID-19. In an attempt to keep the show on the road, many IT teams would have enabled RDP in addition to relaxing security controls in order to allow employees to work unhindered from home. However, this all accumulates as technical debt, one t ....
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