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Surge in unique clients reporting brute-force attack attempts

Updated 01.07.2020

There’s a significant uptick in the number of unique clients who have reported brute-force attack attempts, ESET reveals. Trend of RDP attack attempts against unique clients (per day) detected by ESET The trend has been observed since the onset of the global pandemic. The COVID-19 crisis has radically changed the nature of everyday work, forcing employees to manage large parts of their jobs via remote access. This has led to more companies allowing the use of remote access, something cybercriminals know to exploit. Attacks on remote access systems are often used to infect networks with ransomware or cryptominers. 

Recommendations
  • Limit the number of exposed machines on the internet. If you need to allow remote desktop, make it available from inside the corporate network using a virtual private network (VPN).
  • Keep computers up to date, and use a strong password policy to protect against brute-force attempts.

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