Cyber attacks that look like a video game

Ally Sheedy and Matthew Broderick in the 1983 film WarGames, where a young boy mistakes a missile defence programme for ...
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Ally Sheedy and Matthew Broderick in the 1983 film WarGames, where a young boy mistakes a missile defence programme for a video game.

As the number and frequency of cyber attacks increase, internet security companies are working to show people how many occur in real time.

The best display comes from Norse, whose Norse Attack Map looks like something from a video game.

Norse has more than eight million sensors that emulate over six thousand applications. The network gathers data on who the attackers are and what they're after. 

Norse

It ranks the countries who both commit the most attacks and those who are targeted.

Russia and China are pretty much tied for first as the worst offenders followed by the United States. However, the US is definitely the biggest target, getting more than 10 times more attacks than anyone else.

Despite providing this information, Norse points out the location that an attack comes from isn't necessarily its true origin.

Kaspersky, which makes antivirus software, has created a Cyberthreat Real-Time Map.

It uses information about malicious software and displays it on a map showing where the attacks are happening.

Google's Digital Attack Map shows the number of Direct Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks happening at any given time as well as historically.

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The company said DDoS attacks can be used to make important online information unavailable to the world. 

"We also hope it triggers a dialogue about how we can work together to reduce the threat of DDoS Attacks, improving the internet for everyone," the company said.

 - Stuff

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