New Windows Worm Wriggling Through Networks

A retro worm attack is underway that takes the unusual spin of employing the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) in Windows’ remote desktop connection feature as its attack vector.

Researchers from Microsoft, F-Secure, eEye Digital Security, and other organizations say the so-called Morto worm infects Windows workstations and Windows servers. It spreads by uploading a Windows DLL file to a targeted machine. The worm looks for weak administrator passwords in Remote Desktop on an organization’s network — everything from “12345” to “admin” and “password.”

Researchers say the attack could be used for various purposes, including distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against targeted organizations. “The remote control feature allows bot-like control of the infected machines and they can be used for basically any purpose,” says Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer of F-Secure Lab.
http://onlywire.com/r/50694989

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About John Bertoli

I enjoy to read and write. I am an aspiring author and am interested in marketing, SEO strategies, finance, trading, and entrepreneurship. I started working at Bat Blue Corporation part-time during my senior year at Stevens Institute of Technology and continued after graduation, realizing how experienced and dedicated the Bat Blue technologists were. I serve as the Marketing Associate, in charge of writing press releases and case studies, as well as developing content for our website http://www.batblue.com. I organize exhibition events throughout the year, providing market exposure for the company and produce a daily network security newsletter sent to over 5,000 subscribers, known as The Daily Security Briefing. By utilizing Bat Blue's past achievements and current accomplishments, I strive to leverage these successes to create brand recognition and develop future opportunities for the company.
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