A huge uptick in brute force attacks designed to crack the login credentials of those using remote access tools has been detected by Kaspersky.

This is particularly taking place against firms using Microsoft’s proprietary Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). Staring in March the average daily number of attacks against RDP accounts skyrocketed in almost every country that has been heavily impacted by COVID-19 and thus has a new WFH population.

“Attacks of this type are attempts to brute-force a username and password for RDP by systematically trying all possible options until the correct one is found. The search can be based on combinations of random characters or a dictionary of popular or compromised passwords,” Kaspersky said.

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