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Cybercrooks renting out hacked and compromised RDP servers

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June 15, 2016

According to Kaspersky Lab researchers, it's reported in the blogosphere today that cybercrooks are buying and selling access to compromised Windows RDP servers for as little as $6 each per month.

The so-called x-Dedic marketplace, which appears to be run by a Russian-speaking group, lists 70,624 hacked Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) Microsoft servers for sale.

Kaspersky warns that online criminals can abuse the compromised systems to hack into associated corporate networks or as a launch-pad for even wider attacks.

Systems being cherry-picked by crooks include servers in government entities, corporations and universities, almost all of which will be blissfully unaware that anything is wrong.

Many of the servers host or provide access to popular consumer websites and services, and some even have software installed for direct mail, financial accounting and Point-of-Sale (PoS) processing.

In May alone, 416 unique sellers listed servers in as much as 173 countries as up for sale.

Everyone, from entry-level cybercriminals to APT groups, is a potential customer of the newly-discovered cybercriminal marketplace, which appears to have begun its illicit operations sometime in 2014.

This shouldn't come as a shock to some observers as some users have been known to use '123456789' as root RDP passwords, while others use commonly-known passwords such as 'love', 'sex' or 'God'.

Source: Kaspersky Labs.

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