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Hackers are selling access to critical airport systems for $10 – and that’s just the start

Hackers are selling access to critical airport systems for $10 – and that’s just the start

Digital security is something that’s on the mind of every company that owns any device more modern than a typewrite these days, and for good reason. A breach of information can be catastrophic for customers and for a business’s reputation, and it’s hard to think of a more appealing target than an airport. Not only do some handle hundreds of flights per day, but also the personal information of hundreds of thousands of passengers.

A new report from McAfee presents troubling research on the prevalence of remote desktop protocol (RDP) attacks, which offer anyone with a Tor connection and a Bitcoin wallet credentials to remotely connect to a system. The research highlights compromised internal systems of an unnamed airport, but the overall message is that remote logins for millions of machines are now a commodity — and a cheap one at that.