Have you heard of Google’s Project Shield? It is a project developed by the search engine giant with the idea to protect smaller organizations, such as human rights websites, from DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks.
Project Shield uses technology called a reverse proxy, which allows a webmaster to serve their site through Google infrastructure for free, providing a “shield” against would-be attackers. So far we’ve protected hundreds of news organizations and human rights websites that have faced attacks aimed at censoring free expression. By protecting these sites, we’ve helped to keep vital information online during elections, major crises and conflicts.
Several years ago, Google started Project Shield as an experiment. On Feb 25 2016, the corporation finally announced that the program is launched officially and is now open to a particular group of websites such as:
- Political news portals;
- Election-monitoring websites;
- Human right organizations’ pages.
To participate in the project, the website’s administrators can fill out a form on Google’s Project Shield page.
To introduce the program, Google has already asked a few news websites to join. What Google wanted to see was if Shield could protect them from pervasive DDoS attacks.
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