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Ransomware spreads through weak remote desktop credentials

03
Oct
2016
Ransomware spreads through weak remote desktop credentials

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Stolen or weak remote desktop credentials are routinely used to infect point-of-sale systems with malware, but recently they’ve also become a common distribution method for file-encrypting ransomware.

In March, researchers discovered a ransomware program dubbed Surprise that was being installed through stolen credentials for TeamViewer, a popular remote administration tool. But the trend had started long before that, with some ransomware variants being distributed through brute-force password guessing attacks against Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) servers since 2015.

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