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Threat Actors Can Exploit Windows RDP Servers to Amplify DDoS Attacks

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Jan
2021
Threat Actors Can Exploit Windows RDP Servers to Amplify DDoS Attacks

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Cybercriminals can exploit Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) as a powerful tool to amplify distributed denial-of-service (DDoS attacks), new research has found.

Attackers can abuse RDP to launch UDP reflection/amplification attacks with an amplification ratio of 85.9:1, principal engineer Roland Dobbins and senior network security analyst Steinthor Bjarnason from Netscout said in a report published online this week.

However, not all RDP servers can be used in this way. It’s possible only when the service is enabled on port UDP port 3389 running on standard TCP port 3389, researchers said.

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