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3D real-time graphics, rapidly moving particles and dangerous cyber attacks: it is all there.

The visualization system is called the "NICT Daedalus Cyber-attack alert system", where Daedalus stands for "Direct Alert Environment for Darknet and Livenet Unified Security." The system is specifically developed to observe large groups of computers for any suspicious activity, as it visualizes any suspected activity as it moves through the network.

According to the explanation in the video, watchable below, the sphere in the center represents the Internet, and the circles moving around it represent networks under current observation. The circles are actually also doughnut pie charts, of which the blue part corresponds with IP addresses that are used, and the black part are not used. Different character indicate alerts, which can be clicked to receive a more detailed description.

A similar system in use today is called Nicter ("Network Incident Analysis Center for Tactical Emergency Response"), which is specialized for the early detection and in-depth analysis of cyber-attacks.

Via and Engadget. See also Visualizing a Security Attack on a VOIP Honeypot Server and DDOS Attack Visualization




This is sooo ripping off Ghost in the Shell (not that it's a bad thing)!

Wed 20 Jun 2012 at 9:51 PM
Chad Burt

It's definitely also ripping off Deus Ex. "Deadalus" is the name of a global intelligence AI in the game.

Thu 21 Jun 2012 at 8:30 PM
Alex Ponebshek

The issue with these visualizations is that they are fun, attract a lot of people, but they are really poor in analytical value. The tool is used to visualize sensor information. That means that visualization is used as a presentation tool and not as a discovery tool. Secondly, the information content is too high to identify what is really important.
I think the authors should figure out whether the visual is for information presentation (then it needs to be simplified) or for information exploration (in that case, it might be the right interface, but I doubt it).
I like it though. It looks fun and draws more attention to the security visualization space:

Fri 22 Jun 2012 at 12:34 AM
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