On Wednesday, November 29, a Kansas City court sentenced a Missouri man to six years in federal prison without parole for hacking his former employer, stealing trade secrets, and for accessing child pornography.
Since June this year, a group of cyber-criminals has been breaking into unsecured enterprise servers via RDP brute-force attacks and manually installing a new type of ransomware called LockCrypt.
Over the past two days, there was an increase in activity from a relatively unknown ransomware strain named SynAck, according to submissions to the ID-Ransomware service and users who complained on the Bleeping Computer ransomware support forums.
Several hospitals part of the NHS Lanarkshire board were hit on Friday by a version of the Bit Paymer ransomware. The infection took root on late Friday, August 25. NHS Lanarkshire officials acknowledged the incident right away.
An Internet-wide scan carried out by security researchers from Rapid7 has discovered over 11 million devices with 3389/TCP ports left open online, of which over 4.1 million are specifically speaking the RDP protocol.
Microsoft's July 2017 Patch Tuesday includes a fix for an issue with the NT LAN Manager (NTLM) Authentication Protocol that can be exploited to allow attackers to create admin accounts on a local network's domain controller (DC).
There are over 85,000 RDP servers available for sale or rent via xDedic, a marketplace for selling or renting hacked servers that was exposed in June 2016.
A security researcher has detailed a way to log into any account on the same computer, even without knowing its password. The trick works on all Windows versions, doesn't require special privileges, and the researcher can't figure out if it's a Windows feature or security flaw.
Since September 2016, a criminal group has been using different versions of the Crysis ransomware to infect enterprise networks where they previously gained access to by brute-forcing workstations with open RDP ports.