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Understanding the security risks of Remote Desktop Protocol over the internet

December 01, 2019 / Cyware

Today, it is very common for businesses to use RDP as a method to access servers, collaborate with other employees and remotely access documents stored and backed up in their office. Given its wide range of functionality across a business, this network-based service can also be misused by cybercriminals to launch attacks. A recent statistics from Coveware has highlighted that RDP is the most dominant attack vector, being used in 63.5% of disclosed targeted ransomware campaigns in Q1 2019. To add more woes to it, the year 2019 saw the discovery of the dangerous BlueKeep vulnerability impacting Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol implementation. Despite the security updates being issued by Microsoft, the vulnerability was widely exploited in a cyber-espionage campaign to mine cryptocurrencies.