How to Steal Data by Enabling a Remote Desktop [VIDEO]

February 15, 2014
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When it comes to stealing data, hackers can get especially creative. More often than not, hackers employ techniques that allow them to lift data without having to physically touch a target system or device. One way hackers like to do this is by enabling a remote desktop. This type of attack allows the hacker to see and control what a person sees on their computer and, ultimately, swipe data directly from its screen.

When it comes to stealing data, hackers can get especially creative. More often than not, hackers employ techniques that allow them to lift data without having to physically touch a target system or device. One way hackers like to do this is by enabling a remote desktop. This type of attack allows the hacker to see and control what a person sees on their computer and, ultimately, swipe data directly from its screen.

In order to help IT and security professionals prevent this type of exploitation, it’s important to see how it’s actually carried out. In this short video, you’ll learn how hackers use the Metasploit Framework to exploit a target machine and enable the remote desktop protocol service, so they can use a Graphical User Interface (GUI) instead of a Command Line Interface (CLI) to operate a target machine – and access YOUR sensitive data.

By seeing how this type of exploit works, preventing them in the future gets easier. In general, by updating your operating system or by patching your current operating system, you can stop a lot of these kinds of attacks. To have a more protected environment, you should run firewalls or a router with a strong access control List to prevent hackers from breaking into your network through normal means of computer exploitation.

You’re in a better position to protect your data when you know how hackers work.