Demand, Sale of Backdoor Access to Healthcare Networks Spiked in 2020

Health IT Security

Jessica Davis

Demand for backdoor access to healthcare networks drastically increased last year, as did the number of hackers gaining and selling backdoor access on the dark web, according to CTIL research.

Hackers called Initial Access Brokers (IABs) first gain access into a victim’s network through several means, with Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) as the most common entrypoint. RDP can be compromised through a mix of open-source reconnaissance of email formats and credential- stuffing attacks to find passwords without alerting network administrators.

Once entry is gained, it’s then sold online to the highest bidder. The IABs will most frequently sell access to...

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