Cyberattackers are taking full advantage of slow patch or mitigation processes on Microsoft Exchange Server with attack rates doubling every few hours.
On March 12, Microsoft said that a form of ransomware, known as DearCry, is now utilizing the server vulnerabilities in attacks. The tech giant says that after the “initial compromise of unpatched on-premises Exchange Servers” ransomware is deployed on vulnerable systems, a situation reminiscent of the 2017 WannaCry outbreak.
“Compromised servers could enable an unauthorized attacker to extract your corporate emails and execute malicious code inside your organization with high privileges,” commented Lotem Finkelsteen, Manager of Threat Intelligence at Check Point. “Organizations who are at risk should not only take preventive actions on their Exchange, but also scan their networks for live threats and assess all assets.”
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