Hackers Infect PCs With Cryptocurrency Miners Using BlueKeep Remote Desktop Security Flaw
Hackers attempting to mass-infect PC users with cryptocurrency miners have started exploiting the Windows BlueKeep vulnerability, as recently reported by BleepingComputer. The security flaw can impact the Remote Desktop Protocol of Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP, Server 2003 and Server 2008 operating systems.
Microsoft has been warning both individual users and businesses to update their machines with the BlueKeep patch for months, but some computers have remained vulnerable. Cyber attackers are now taking advantage of that.
The somewhat good news is that the attack is not a worm, meaning it can’t spread from one computer to another in the same network.
BlueKeep Threat Persists
According to Beaumont, over 724,000 machines remained vulnerable to BlueKeep worldwide. Therefore, we may continue to see this sort of attack until those machines patch to a version of Windows that’s newer than May 14, 2019, when Microsoft released its BlueKeep patch.