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Phishers Recruit Home PCs
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David F. Carr
David F. Carr,
User Rank: Strategist
4/18/2014 | 4:04:17 PM
Broadband provider's responsibility?
Do the cable Internet and DSL providers do anything to detect home networks that have become spambot nodes? I'd think they'd have some responsibility, as well as potentially a concern related to wasted bandwidth.
Robert McDougal
Robert McDougal,
User Rank: Ninja
4/18/2014 | 5:19:30 PM
Re: Broadband provider's responsibility?
I imagine it would be almost impossible for the ISP's to track down these compromised hosts.  The ports and traffic generated by the compromised machines is not overly odd when compared to the traffic of legitimate home use.  Many users enable RDP or run web services out of their homes.

I would propose that the ISP's should monitor for RDP traffic originating in foreign countries destined for user's within their IP block and then alert the user's.
PaulS681
PaulS681,
User Rank: Apprentice
4/20/2014 | 8:35:57 PM
RDP is a problem
At first I thought.. Are these people using anti virus?  But that wouldn't help in this case.

Would changing the port that RDP uses help at all?
Robert McDougal
Robert McDougal,
User Rank: Ninja
4/21/2014 | 12:34:09 PM
Re: RDP is a problem
I don't believe changing the RDP port would be beneficial or feasible. 

If you have a hacker who is worth his salt, simply changing the RDP port will not prevent him from discovering it.  Secondly, most home users that enable RDP do not have the technical expertise to understand what a port number is much less changing it.
Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
4/21/2014 | 3:47:56 PM
Long passwords -- not ideal
It's hard for me to imagine that users who already have difficulty managing strong passwords be more vigilant with even longer, more complex passwords.... 


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