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Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) has developed a network monitoring system called Daedalus that creates a visual representation of a network and any ongoing attacks.
"Daedalus, christened as a 'cyber attack alert system,' is a 3D visualization system that currently monitors some 190,000 IP addresses across Japan," writes Engadget's Darren Murph. "Rather than forcing a human to comb through a punishing amount of data, the visualizer turns into an organized stream of lines that can be viewed and zoomed in on from any angle. You can see networks and subnets, as well as patches of used and unused IP addresses; taking it a step further, the system lights up when an attack is sensed (for example, an IP pinging an unused IP as a virus spreads with reckless abandon)."
"Today's cyber-attacks represent an assortment of malware via USB memory stick, mail attachments, and zero-day exploits," writes Phys.org's Nancy Owano. "Daedalus can act as an alert system for the cyber-attacks; it can see if a USB flash drive with a virus infects a machine, for example. Daedalus can identify and isolate the malignant traffic on-screen, sending an email to support staff and displaying a red alert through its user interface."
"Now, I am not a digital security expert and have no idea as to the utility of this software," writes Geekosystem's Max Eddy. "However, it does look really cool. Furthermore, I am in favor of anything that makes our reality a little more like our fiction. If we can’t actually live in a cyberpunk universe, then we can at least look like we do."