4.1 million exposed RDP ports an open invitation to hackers

by Derek Kortepeter
Sept. 1, 2017 1 comment TechGenix vulnerabilities

It is the job of cybersecurity researchers to constantly monitor possible areas of attack. One method that we use is port scans of varying strength that reveal what threat vectors are exposed to potential attackers. Sometimes when an open port is found — a port that should be closed — it is discovered that there are larger issues than the port itself. Such is the case with recent global scans performed by security researchers at Rapid7. In a report published on August 9, Rapid7 community member jhart7 detailed recent port scans that showed 11 million devices with open online 3389/TCP ports. The issue wasn’t the port itself, necessarily, but rather the fact that roughly 4.1 million of the 3389/TCP ports are specifically speaking the RDP protocol.


Steven Ulm 8 months ago

4.1 million? wow! that's huge!