Installing malware through Remote Desktop Protocol is a popular attack method used by many cyber-criminals. over the past few months Panda Security’s research facility PandaLabs, has analysed several attacks of this nature.
Once credentials are obtained through brute a force attack on the RDP, the cyber-criminals gain access to the company. Attackers simply execute the corresponding malware automatically to start the encryption.
Hackers are constantly trying to find new ways to bypass cyber-security efforts, sometimes turning to older, almost forgotten methods to gain access to valuable data. Researchers at PandaLabs, Panda Security’s anti-malware research facility, recently detected a targeted attack which did not use malware, but rather used scripts and other tools associated with the operating system itself in order to bypass scanners.
A recent study conducted by AV Comparatives recognised Panda Security for having obtained the highest possible score by detecting 100% of the malware samples tested.
“Stories of cyber-attacks hit the news almost daily – data breaches, DDos attacks, email hacks and phishing attacks – reminders of the dangers of the internet” says Jeremy Matthews Regional Manager of Panda Security Africa. “Yet somehow all of these attacks still seem foreign– as though it would never happen to you, however the reality is, South African businesses are affected by these threats” continues Matthews.
IQ Retail MD, Chris Steyn knows this all too well and has seen first-hand the dramatic rise of new age threats such as Ransomware. Software company IQ Retail, provides expertise in complete financial and business administration solutions, focusing on the development of business systems for the accounting and retail management environment. Since its inception in 1986, IQ Retail has grown to become one of the premium providers of innovative business solutions.
2016 kicked off with more than 20 million new samples of malware detected and neutralised by PandaLabs – an average of 227,000 per day. This figure is slightly higher than that of 2015, which saw around 225,000 per day.
Throughout 2016, we’ve seen how the number of new malware has been slightly lower than in 2015 — about 200,000 new samples of malware per day on average — however attacks have become more effective.