Digital Attack Map
Arbor Networks has collaborated with Jigsaw, an incubator within Alphabet (Google’s parent company) to create the Digital Attack Map, a free online data visualization tool that gives users the ability to explore current and historical trends in DDoS attacks, view attacks by country, and make the connection to related news events on a daily basis.
DDoS is an attempt by an attacker to exhaust the resources available to a network, application or service so that genuine users cannot gain access. DDoS attacks have become increasingly popular due to the development of do-it-yourself attack tools and inexpensive attack services. Often, DDoS attacks relate directly to real-world events such as conflicts and political disputes.
Jigsaw is focused on addressing online censorship, mitigating the threats from digital attacks, countering violent extremism and protecting people from hate and harassment online. One of the easiest ways to silence someone online is with a DDoS attack.
The Digital Attack Map uses data from Arbor Networks’ globally scoped threat monitoring network. This technology currently collects 140Tbps of anonymous traffic data from more than three hundred of Arbor’s service provider customers. The data set represents approximately one-third of the world’s global internet traffic. From this unique vantage point, Arbor is ideally positioned to deliver intelligence about DDoS, malware and botnets that threaten internet infrastructure and network availability.
The data presented in the Digital Attack Map represents a random sample of less than one percent of attacks observed by the Arbor’s monitoring system, presenting high level trends in significant attacks. Arbor’s data allowed Jigsaw to build a data visualization that gives users the ability to explore current and historical trends in DDoS attacks, see attacks by country, and make the connection to related news events on a daily basis.