Data Visualization Digital Attack Map

Published on October 23rd, 2013 | by Travis Korte


Mapping Global DDoS Attacks

The Digital Attack Map displays real-time data on distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks worldwide, using anonymous network traffic from 270+ internet service providers. Each attack can be highlighted to display metadata, such as start and end times, as well as the maximum traffic-per-second delivered by each attack. The map, powered by Google Ideas and network security software firm Arbor Networks, also tracks the activity over time and highlights some interesting incidents, such as a major international attack on a United Arab Emirates server in July 2013, along with news stories on DDoS attacks from the dates of the incidents.

Although the maps display the target country and originating country when that data is available, the maps creators warn that this is not necessarily an accurate geographical picture of malicious users. DDoS attacks, which attempt to disable web servers by directing large amounts of traffic to them, are often conducted through remote botnets in areas with high bandwidth internet access, masking the locations of users originating the attacks. The data is updated hourly and goes back to June 1, 2013.

Take a look.

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About the Author

Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.

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