A beautiful picture of nefarious computers at work in a real-time cyberattack map - Quartz
People talk a lot about “cyberwarfare” but it’s hard to get a handle on what that means. In October, two German computer security researchers created a real-time map that allows you to see a picture of the online scrum.
The map isn’t out of a techno-thriller, tracking the location of some hacker in a basement trying to steal government secrets. Instead, it’s built around a worldwide project designed to study online intruders. The data comes from “honeypots,” which are computers designed to appeal to the different kinds of malware, bots, and worms that troll the web looking for victims—they’re “insecure on purpose…like a 15-year-old unpatched Windows XP system,” Florian Weingarten, one of the Aachen University researchers, says.
When the bots go after a honeypot, however, they’re really hacking into a virtual machine inside a secure computer. The attack is broadcast on the map—and the researchers behind the project have a picture of how a virus works that they can use to prevent similar attacks or prepare new defenses. Read More