Hacker Group Backdoors Thousands of Microsoft SQL Servers Daily
Hackers have been brute-forcing thousands of vulnerable Microsoft SQL (MSSQL) servers daily to install cryptominers and remote access Trojans (RATs) since May 2018 as researchers at Guardicore Labs discovered in December.
This attack campaign is still actively infecting between 2,000 and 3,000 MSSQL servers on a daily basis and it was dubbed Vollgar because the cryptomining scripts it deploys on compromised MSSQL will mine for Monero (XMR) and Vollar (VDS) cryptocurrency.
Its operators use brute-force to breach the targeted machines and will subsequently deploy backdoors that drop several malicious modules including remote access tools (RATs) and cryptominers.
Posted on April 2, 2020