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7,500 educational organizations hacked, access being sold on Russian hacker forums

Posted on Nov 6, 2020
7,500 educational organizations hacked, access being sold on Russian hacker forums

Network access to 7,500 organizations is being sold by a threat actor on multiple Russian hacker forums. According to the listings posted on October 3 and October 26, these mainly include educational organizations. However, the package also appears to include access to corporate networks from other verticals, such as entertainment and the bar industry.

The seller offers “convenient access” to the 7,500 compromised networks located in the USA, Canada, and Australia via Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) and claims to be the sole cybercriminal in possession of the network access. The advert has been posted on at least two Russian hacker forums. The access is sold via an auction, with the initial bid for the entire package starting at 25 BTC (roughly $330,000) and the “Buy now” option at 75 BTC (about $1,000,000).

Those with the Bitcoin to spare would be able to exploit the thousands of vulnerable systems in a variety of ways. This includes using the powershell, managing files, editing the registry, and changing administrator rights, as well as planting malware or installing ransomware across the compromised networks.

Network access listings like these are becoming increasingly popular on hacking forums as of late, with the number of similar ads effectively tripling in September 2020 alone.

Full article on https://cybernews.com/security/7500-educational-organizations-hacked-access-being-sold-on-russian-hacker-forums/

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