If you miss those great 1990s movies in which cyberspace runs amok, you'll get a kick out of this video of a real-life system for monitoring cyber-attacks. The new DAEDALUS (Direct Alert Environment for Darknet And Livenet Unified Security) cyber-alert system has been in the making for several years, but now the developer has posted a cute video, to show you what it looks like.
According to its creators, DAEDALUS works by detecting threats via large-scale monitoring of the internet's unused IP addresses, which NICT calls the "darknet." As you can see in the video, there's a giant blue globe at the center of the screen, which represents the internet. Orbiting this ball are a series of circles which represent networks under observation. Each circle displays in blue the proportion of the network containing active IP addresses and in black those that aren't in use.
Alerts are displayed, allowing the user to click through to get more information about the potential attack — that is unless they're so distracted by the awesome cyberpunk visuals that they fail to act.
Via The Register.