Blocked Access: Windows Remote Desktop + Virtual Network Computing

Category: News
Last updated: Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 9:30am
Posted Jul 2, 2019 9:30 AM

The ACCC Information Security and Privacy Office has identified brute force attacks (a trial-and-error method used to obtain information such as a user password) against our Active Directory (AD) infrastructure and improperly configured network printers. These attacks originate from outside the campus network and result in accounts being locked out due to excessive authentication attempts.

To reduce the effects of these attacks, we will be restricting access for all Windows Remote Desktop (RDP) and Virtual Network Computing (VNC) sessions at the Internet border. This change will occur on Monday, July 8, at 7:00 am, after which, RDP and VNC connections will require the use of AnyConnect VPN to connect from an off-campus network.

For more information on the AnyConnect VPN service, please visit:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: consult@uic.edu