What can $10 stretch to these days? Lunch... or access to international airport security systems

www.theregister.co.uk | 7/12/2018 | Staff
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Dark web shops are selling access to computers on corporate networks for less than the cost of a short cab ride.

Security researchers at McAfee have uncovered a network of so-called Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) shops on the dark web which sell access to compromised IT systems, sometimes for as little as $10 a pop – which includes "access linked to security and building automation systems of a major international airport".

RDP - Microsoft - Protocol - User - Access

RDP is a proprietary Microsoft protocol, that allows a user to access another computer through a graphical interface, a powerful tool for sysadmins. The tech can also be abused by hackers, hence the growing trade in illicit login credentials. RDP access can be used by crooks to control remote systems and abuse them as jump boxes to commit other crimes.

RDP access can be used as an entry point to send spam, create false security alerts, steal data and credentials, mine cryptocurrencies, and more.

Samsam - Ransomware - Campaign - US - Institutions

During the recent Samsam ransomware campaign against several US institutions, compromised RDP access was used to carry out the attack, which led to ransom demands of as much as $60,000.

These RDP shops are growing in size and abundance on the dark web. According to McAfee, the sizes...
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