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Almost 5 million work-from-home computers in the Philippines hit by brute-force attacks

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For the first half of 2021, almost five million computers on work-from-home setups in the Philippines got hit by brute-force attacks.

Cybersecurity company Kaspersky recorded 4,877,645 attempts to infiltrate work-from-home computers via the Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) from January to June 2021. This marks a 98.41-percent increase since the same period last year, which saw 2,458,364 attempts.

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The company noted that the number of brute-force attacks—a typically automated trial-and-error method of guessing the correct username-password combination to gain access to and control of sensitive data—has risen at alarming levels since March 2020 or when the country began its lockdown and shifted to remote working.

As majority of computers in the Philippines have Windows installed, researchers at Kaspersky figured cybercriminals would target RDP with the presumption that companies new to remote work environments would configure the protocol poorly and did not yet enforce a robust cybersecurity policy.

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  1. Basically all ISPs have you behind NAT and then your home router uses NAT and isn’t going to just open up ports by default. And, they’re saying the attacks were going to WFH computers which.. would be RDP users and not servers. Windows is not secure, but I don’t believe this for a second. I just looked at these numbers.. They show a peak early in the year, a sharp decline, and no July data forwards. Their story doesn’t even match the numbers they show.