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A Live Map of Ongoing DDoS Attacks 46

Daniel_Stuckey writes "Check out the Digital Attack Map. It was produced in a collaborative effort by Google Ideas and Arbor Networks to raise awareness about distributed denial of service attacks. You know, those malicious digital attempts to choke, or shutdown websites by sending them volumes of traffic far too large for them to handle. The map 'surfaces anonymous attack traffic data to let users explore historic trends and find reports of outages happening on a given day,' as its about page explains. Created using attack data from Arbor's 'ATLAS® global threat intelligence system,' this is the D.A.R.E. of DDoS — it's about the danger of having information streams cut off. Under the heading 'DDoS Attacks Matter,' Google and Arbor explain that '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.'" This comes alongside Google's announcement of Project Shield, the company's homegrown DDoS mitigation service.
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A Live Map of Ongoing DDoS Attacks

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 21, 2013 @05:38PM (#45194257)

    Where is Slashdot on this map?

  • Slashdotted (Score:5, Funny)

    by vettemph ( 540399 ) on Monday October 21, 2013 @05:38PM (#45194263)

    The site is currently being slashdotted. :)

    • It loaded perfectly just now. Anyway, it is kind of hypnotic after a few minutes... can't... shut... it... offfffff.......

  • This interactive map of denial of service attacks seems to deny it's own interactivity by freezing my browser every time I try to interact with it.
    • by fatphil ( 181876 )
      After staring at "loading attack data" for 10 seconds, I decided it was denying my service, and gave it the Ctrl-W.
  • surely, there's a protocol-level solution to this.

    • by Qzukk ( 229616 ) on Monday October 21, 2013 @06:37PM (#45194875) Journal

      There's an ISP level solution to a major chunk of it, but they're too busy cracking down on bittorrent and competing voip/video services to do anything about it.

      A lot of DDoS traffic has spoofed source IPs in order to make it difficult to track down the source. All the ISP has to do is prevent packets from leaving their network if they aren't addressed from their network, and at least what's left can be traced back to the source. For instance, this would eliminate using DNS servers as reflectors for attacks, since these attacks rely on sending a DNS request with the From address forged to be the victim's from address.

      • Man, that seems like a sensible thing to do. It's not good, suggesting sensible things. Why don't you please come by to our brain-washi-- I mean, educational center? You clearly need it.

  • by xepel ( 1573443 ) on Monday October 21, 2013 @06:15PM (#45194693)
    I certainly hope this isn't like DARE, or else it'll encourage an entire generation of kids to experiment with DDoS...
    • If it's a for-profit propaganda organization masquerading as a non-profit education, then it's a lot like the original....

  • by gmuslera ( 3436 ) on Monday October 21, 2013 @06:21PM (#45194765) Homepage Journal
    The sources of the attacks is not so much where the person launching the attack lives, but computers that takes part in a botnet/have a trojan/visit special pages, or hacked sites (usually with the owner of those computers/sites having no clue of that happening). It could give new information on DDoSed targets, but for sources could have too much noise to be useful.
  • Bigger problems (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    it's about the danger of having information streams cut off. Under the heading 'DDoS Attacks Matter,' Google and Arbor explain that 'sites covering elections are brought down to influence their outcome...

    If you can influence the outcome of an election by shuttering sites that merely cover the election, then you have way bigger problems than DDoS.

  • Agent Ward: It means somebody really wanted our initials to spell "shield"

    Google's Shield is an interesting dare to the malcontents of the internets... Resistant to attack, you say?

  • is once again overshadowed by the U.S. of A. I think I can see a little line dropping into Canada. There is still hope that more people will care enough to attack you, too.
  • Most of these attacks sources are either
    a. Idiots with DSL that click yes to everything
    b. Businesses that have no IT staff and let their nephew setup their network.

    The traffic is easily detectable and easily shut off by locking their account. ISPs don't want to do that because in most cases the target is not a paying customer and the person whos computer is compromised is. Why would they potentially tick off a paying customer before the target complains? Moreover why would they invest time, energy and equip

  • ... then the US has a whole lot of secret admirers.

  • According to my version of the live map, there is a mid-sized attack from the US to China and at the same time a gigantic attack on the US from outer space!!!

  • I'm on CentOS, so I'm running FF ESR 17.0.9. It displays the map, after I tell noscipt to do so. However... trying to see any given stream's info, putting the cursor over it, is a complete waste: it flashes, then vanishes. I move it upwards, and I can read part of it, but not the rest before it goes away. In effect, you can't read the captions on what you're seeing.

    I'd give it somewhere between a D+ and a C-., with D for useability.


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