DDoS attacks are likely bombarding the U.S. as we speak

Google is launching a new effort to help protect websites — especially those focused on issues such as news, human rights and elections — from distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, surveillance and filtering. The company is offering two new tools to help and is hosting a summit on the issue of “Conflict in a Connected World,” but it’s the company’s new Digital Attack Map that delivers the most-immediate results — at least in terms of providing some really interesting data.

The real-time map, developed in conjunction with Arbor Networks, is a fascinating view into the flows of DDoS attacks around the world. If there’s one thing that stands out immediately, it’s that the United States is getting deluged by attacks at any given time, and no one (well, at least no one tracking data for the sake of this map) likely knows the source.

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