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May 2019’s Most Wanted Malware: Patch Now to Avoid the BlueKeep Blues

Check Point Research has published its latest Global Threat Index for May 2019. The Research team is warning organizations to check for and patch any systems vulnerable to the ‘BlueKeep’ Microsoft RDP flaw (CVE-2019-0708) in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 machines, to prevent the risk of it being exploited for ransomware and crypto mining attacks.

BlueKeep Blues

The BlueKeep flaw affects nearly 1 million machines accessible to the public internet, with many more within organizations’ networks. The vulnerability is critical because it requires no user interaction in order to be exploited.  RDP is already an established, popular attack vector which has been used to install ransomware such as SamSam and Dharma. The Check Point Research team is currently seeing many scanning attempts for the flaw, originating from several different countries globally, which could be the initial reconnaissance phase of an attack. In addition to the relevant Microsoft patches, Check Point is providing both network and endpoint protections to this attack.

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