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Top passwords used in RDP brute-force attacks

November 17, 2022

Specops Software released a research analyzing the top passwords used in live attacks against Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) ports. This analysis coincides with the latest addition of over 34 million compromised passwords to the Specops Breached Password Protection Service, which now includes over 3 billion unique compromised passwords.

RDP over TCP Port 3389 is a popular way to provide IT teams remote network access to remote workers. While attacks on RDP ports grew during the COVID-19 pandemic as a result of the rise of remote work, the port has continued to be a popular attack method for criminals despite many workers returning to the office. Password-related attacks continue to top the list of attack methods, with recent research finding brute force password guessing accounts for 41% of all intrusion vectors.

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