Arbor Networks and Google Ideas – the search engine giant’s the think tank that explores ways in which technology can help counter conflict, instability and repression – have teamed up to create an interactive world map showing DDoS attacks.
The map – which updates on a daily basis – taps information from Arbor’s ATLAS global threat monitoring network on the volume, type and location of the distributed denial of service attacks taking place.
According to Arbor, the idea behind the map is that it allows users to explore historical trends in DDoS attacks for all countries – and make connections to related news events on any given day.
Driven by a rise in hacktivism, the security networking analysis firm says that DDoS attacks now regularly exceed 100 Gigabits-per-second and are dramatically increasing in severity, size and complexity every year.
Using a mix of SYN flood, application and infrastructure attacks in a single, blended attack, Arbor adds that they seek to cause maximum disruption to targeted networks.
Unveiling the map late yesterday (UK time) at the ‘Conflict in a Connected World’ summit – hosted in the US by Google Ideas in partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations and the Gen Next Foundation – Arbor said that, when it first started working on flood attack analysis back in 200, the maximum size of the attacks were around the 400 Megabits-per-second mark.
Today, the firm says they regularly exceed 100Gbps, but the sheer size of the attacks is not all that has changed, as starting in 2010 – and driven in no small part by the rise of hacktivism – Arbor’s researchers have seen something of a renaissance in DDoS attacks.
This, the company notes, has led to innovation in the areas of tools, targets and techniques, turning DDoS into a complex threat that mixes flood, application and infrastructure attacks in a single, blended attack.
Colin Doherty, Arbor’s president, said that the goal of the collaboration with Google is to show what a global threat DDoS has become, and how DDoS can be used to suppress speech and threaten open access to information.