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DDoS Attackers Exploit Vulnerable Microsoft RDP Servers

Healthcare Info Security

Prajeet Nair

Threat actors are exploiting vulnerable Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol servers to amplify various distributed denial-of-service attacks, according to a report from application and network performance firm Netscout.

Netscout researchers have identified about 33,000 vulnerable Microsoft RDP servers that could be abused by threat actors to boost their DDoS attacks. RDP is a proprietary Microsoft communications protocol that system administrators and employees use to remotely connect to corporate systems and services.

Microsoft RDP can be configured by Windows systems administrators to run on TCP port 3389 or UDP port 3389, according to the report.

The researchers found...

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