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The Digital Attack Map

The Digital Attack Map is a live data visualization, built through a collaboration between Arbor Networks and Google Ideas, that maps DDoS attacks designed to take down websites—and their content—around the globe.
This tool shows real-time anonymous traffic data related to these attacks on free speech, and also lets people explore historic trends and see related news reports of outages happening on a given day.

 Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is an attempt to make an online service unavailable by overwhelming it with traffic from multiple sources. They target a wide variety of important resources, from banks to news websites, and present a major challenge to making sure people can publish and access important information.


DDoS Attacks Matter


Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) 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.


Visualizing Trends


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. DigitalAttackMap.com hopes this tool allows more people to understand the challenges posed by DDoS attacks. They also hope it triggers a dialogue about how we can work together to reduce the threat of DDoS Attacks, improving the Internet for everyone.


Who?


Google Ideas is a think/do tank at Google that explores how technology can enable people to confront threats in the face of conflict, instability or repression. They connect users, experts and engineers to research and seed new technology-driven initiatives. Google Ideas worked in partnership with Google's Big Picture Team to design and develop the Digital Attack Map.

The "Big Picture" team, a part of Google research, creates interactive visualizations to captivate and delight users. They blend algorithmic, data-driven approaches with fluid design to make complex data more accessible. They portray large-scale data sets -- such as books, videos, images, news, or social behavior -- in creative ways that simultaneously educate and entertain.

DDoS attack data is provided by Arbor Networks. Established in 2000, Arbor provides network security and management solutions for some of the world’s largest and most complex networks. DDoS attack data is sourced from Arbor’s ATLAS® global threat intelligence system.



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