BlueKeep malware probably won't be your next big security challenge

Hacker using laptop. Hacking the Internet

Believed to have been first reported by cyber-security researcher, Kevin Beaumont, the BlueKeep campaign is apparently being carried out at least over the past two weeks.

United Kingdom researcher Marcus Hutchins single-handedly stopped WannaCry from spreading after discovering a "kill switch" for its propagation methods.

What makes BlueKeep scary is how it's "wormable" and can be exploited without any interaction from the computer's owner. While other security researchers had deleted the all-important exploit code before releasing their demo modules, Metasploit's version was advanced enough for remote code execution, which is why it is now being exploited by criminals. The BlueKeep vulnerability exists in unpatched variations of Home windows Server 2003, Home windows XP, Home windows Vista, Home windows 7, Home windows Server 2008 and Home windows Server 2008 R2.

Administrators should also patch internal systems against BlueKeep, as history has shown that worms can spread to these as well. Hutchin noted that the attack likely used a predefined list of vulnerable machines.

Hutchins suspected they're due to a BlueKeep worm making the rounds. So, if you're business or someone who uses RDP services quite often, then you should always stay up to date with the latest patch provided by Microsoft. BlueKeep functions as a wormable attack, thereby allowing one infected computer to gain access to all other devices on the network.

"One might theorize that attackers know they have essentially one shot at using it at scale, and it becomes a game of chicken as to who will do it first".

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The only good news from the attacks so far is that the payload is just a coin miner that exploits CPU power to mine the Monero cryptocurrency.

The perpetrators are now targeting vulnerable Windows systems with Remote Desktop Services (RDP) 3389 ports open to the Internet. Hutchins has published a deep technical analysis of the BlueKeep attacks, noting via Twitter that the coin-mining software may be created to generate monero, a cryptocurrency created to maintain users' privacy.

Update: according to netflow it won't appear to be self propagating, I presume a record of vulnerable IPs are being fed to a server which performs the exploitation.

But these unique BlueKeep attacks you should not appear to be to do the job.

At a single point in the future, some lower-experienced danger actor will determine out how to operate BlueKeep correctly, and that is when we will see it used a lot more broadly.

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