Mapping global cyber attacks in real time
By 2020 the worldwide number of wirelessly interconnected devices (such as smart home appliances, connected cars, and wearables) is predicted to reach 5.4 billion. While the Internet of Things (IoT) brings unprecedented information into our homes and hands, it also creates a plethora of poorly guarded targets for nefarious actors. The type and scope of modern cyber attacks is wide, and vigilance is necessary to limit damage and to discourage criminal web behavior.
San Francisco-based intelligence firm the Norse Corporation delivers live attack intelligence that helps its customers block attacks, uncover hidden breaches, and track threats emerging around the globe. Norse offers visibility into today’s digital strikes with its live attack map, which features real-time cyber tracking as invasive signals hit Norse’s infrastructure all over the world. The map is an explosive representation of the vulnerability of cyberspace and the prevalence of attacks.
A toolbar at the bottom of the map shows measurable information about live attacks, including attacker and target geo-locations, timestamps, attack types, and attacker identity and IP addresses.
Norse operates by attracting attacks—from both humans and viral malware bots—to its eight million sensors in 50 countries, identifying malicious source IP addresses, and alerting its customers to block those sources. Newsweek reports Norse’s map shows less than one percent of the data Norse receives at any given time.
Cybersecurity and defending against these shadowy attacks was a major discussion point at last week’s Department of Defense Intelligence Information System Worldwide Conference (DoDIIS), where the Norse map was displayed to reaffirm that cyber is among the most significant threats to U.S. infrastructure.
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