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Google's 'project Shield' Will Offer Free Cyberattack Protection to Hundreds of At-Risk Sites


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Google Ideas associate CJ Adams presents Project Shield at a company summit in New York.

Google Shield provides free protection from distributed denial-of-service attacks to a select group of websites.

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Google has announced Google Shield, a product of the Google Ideas initiative, that will offer certain websites free protection from distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

Google's C.J. Adams describes Google Shield as a hybrid of the company's Page Speed hosting service and Google's internal DDoS mitigation capabilities, which leverage the company's massive server capacity and data filtering capacity. According to Adams, Google has been field-testing Google Shield with a handful of political organizations around the world whose websites are frequently the target of DDoS attacks.

One of the organizations, Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission, monitors elections in the West African nation and had routinely been disrupted by DDoS attacks. Adams says Google Shield enabled the group's site to stay online during an election for the first time in its history.

Google will not be offering Google Shield as a commercial product, but instead is providing it as a free service to selected groups. Adams says Google will focus on providing the service to organizations concentrating on issues such as censorship, human rights, election monitoring, and other political causes, especially in developing nations and those with repressive governments.

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