Today, I have come across a very interesting website. The site, called the Digital Attack Map, maps distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks worldwide. It offers a visual representation of the world’s top 2% of cyber attacks, tracking the country of origin, the target country, the type of attack, and many other features of these attacks. The project is a collaboration between Google Ideas and Arbor Networks.
Why track DDoS attacks?
“Distributed Denial of Service attacks can be used to make important online information unavailable to the world. Sites covering elections are brought down to influence their outcome, media sites are attacked to censor stories, and businesses are taken offline by competitors looking for a leg up. Protecting access to information is important for the Internet and important for free expression.” -site
Why visual maps?
“Understanding the raw data behind DDoS Attacks is not intuitive. As a result, the impact, scale and scope of the challenge can be easily overlooked. We hope this tool allows more people to understand the challenges posed by DDoS attacks. We also hope it triggers a dialogue about how we can work together to reduce the threat of DDoS Attacks, improving the Internet for everyone.” -site
The website can be found here.