Computer Attacks in Real Time

BetaBeat has a fascinating article (via The Atlantic Wire) on a Honey Pot project that allows you to watch attacks as they happen. Every time there’s an attack, a red dot explodes on a world map at the source of the attack. A yellow dot explodes at the target site. A text box at the bottom shows more data on the attacking site, although the rate of attack is so rapid that it’s hard to read the text as it scrolls by.

As BetaBeat says, it’s hard not to mouth exploding sounds as you watch the map. It’s insanely easy to waste several minutes just staring at the action. It’s almost like an over-the-top action movie. Be sure to read the BetaBeat (or Atlantic Wire) article for some help on interpreting the display and then go on over and be amazed.

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