DDoS-for-hire providers are abusing the Microsoft Distant Desktop Protocol to extend the firepower of distributed denial-of-service assaults that paralyze web sites and different on-line providers, a safety agency stated this week.
Sometimes abbreviated as RDP, Distant Desktop Protocol is the underpinning for a Microsoft Home windows function that enables one system to log into one other system over the Web. RDP is usually utilized by companies to avoid wasting staff the associated fee or trouble of getting to be bodily current when accessing a pc.
As is typical with many authenticated methods, RDP responds to login requests with a for much longer sequence of bits that set up a connection between the 2 events. So-called booter/stresser providers, which for a price will bombard Web addresses with sufficient information to take them offline, have not too long ago embraced RDP as a way to amplify their assaults, safety agency Netscout stated.
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