DDoSers are abusing Microsoft RDP to make attacks more powerful

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Enlarge / Hacker attacking server or database. Network security, Database secure and personal data protection

DDoS-for-hire services are abusing the Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol to increase the firepower of distributed denial-of-service attacks that paralyze websites and other online services, a security firm said this week.

Typically abbreviated as RDP, Remote Desktop Protocol is the underpinning for a Microsoft Windows feature that allows one device to log into another device over the Internet. RDP is mostly used by businesses to save employees the cost or hassle of having to be physically present when accessing a computer.

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Facebook says ‘configuration change’ caused some users to be logged out unexpectedly

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Facebook says some users were logged out of their accounts unexpectedly Friday due to a “configuration change,” and the issue has been fixed as of Saturday morning.

“On January 22, a configuration change caused some people to be logged out of their Facebook accounts. We investigated the issue and fixed it for everyone earlier today. We’re sorry for the inconvenience,” a Facebook company spokesperson said in an email to The Verge.

Moko Phone/Tablet Stand review: Amazingly affordable and functional

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Looking for the right smartphone or tablet stand? A quick Amazon search will present you with an onslaught of options made of different materials, offering varying features, and at a plethora of price points. How fancy does a stand have to be, though? If you want something that simply works for as little money as possible, the Moko Phone/Tablet Stand may be what you are looking for. We’ve been testing it for a couple of weeks, and we are here to tell you all about it.

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CenturyLink, Frontier missed FCC broadband deadlines in dozens of states

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Enlarge / A CenturyLink service van parked in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on May 2, 2019.

CenturyLink and Frontier Communications have again failed to meet broadband-deployment deadlines in dozens of states after taking money from the Federal Communications Commission.

When the FCC awarded Connect America Fund Phase II grants in 2015, CenturyLink accepted $505.7 million in annual support over six years in exchange for deploying broadband with 10Mbps download speeds and 1Mbps upload speeds to 1.17 million homes and businesses in 33 states. Frontier accepted $283.4 million in annual support over six years to deploy service to 659,587 homes and

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