Google has launched a new service that helps protect businesses against Distributed Denial of Service attacks (DDoS). DDoS attacks can take down websites by sending bundles of unauthorized traffic. Google’s Project Shield protects websites from being taken offline, which allows them to serve content through Google’s infrastructure.
Google Project Shield was unveiled today at the Google Ideas Summit in New York City, New York. The service was designed for websites that operate in high-risk conflict zones where governments may try to take down websites that publish anti-government content. Project Shield could especially protect websites in Iran, Syria, Egypt, and other countries in the Middle East where there is political instability.
“DDoS attacks allow anyone to purchase someone else’s silence,” stated Google think tank associate C.J. Adams. “That hurts the Internet and it hurts free expression online.”
Adams cited Aymta, which is a website that alerts Syrians when a scud missile is launched and calculates where it may land. This website was developed by Dlshad Othman, a Kurdish-Syrian blogger and cyber security expert. That website was targeted and taken down by the Syrian government with a DDoS attack this past July.
According to Mashable, Project Shield uses Google’s internal anti-DDoS mitigation technologies and Page Speed Service (PSS). PSS is a paid service that lets websites serve content through Google.
Google is asking web masters that run sensitive websites to apply. They will be able to use Project Shield for free.