Kaspersky's Real Time Cyber Threat Map Is One Part Cool, Two Parts Terrifying

Sometimes it's helpful to have a visual aid to better understand something, and with that in mind, security vendor Kaspersky Labs has launched an interactive cyber threat map that lets viewers see cyber security incidents as they occur around the world in real time. It includes malicious objects detected during on-access and on-demand scans, email and web antivirus detections, and objects identified by vulnerability and intrusion detection sub-systems. In other words, you have a front row seat to the attempted carnage that's constantly taking place on the web.

"Every day Kaspersky Lab handles more than 300,000 malicious objects. Three years ago the figure was just 70,000 but antivirus technologies have also changed with the times and we have no problem coping with this huge stream of traffic,"
 commented Denis Zenkin, Head of Corporate Communications at Kaspersky Lab. "Where do the attacks come from? Where do users click on malicious links most often? Which types of malware are the most prevalent? These are the sort of questions being asked by lots of users. Our new map of the cyberworld threat landscape allows everyone to see the scale of cyber activity in real time and to get a taste of what it feels like to be one of our experts."

Kaspersky Cyber Threat Map

This is a nifty thing Kaspersky has put together. Using your mouse (or touch input), you can rotate the globe and zoom into any part of the world to see what the local threat landscape looks like. The various types of threats are color coded to make it easier to tell what you're looking at.

You can also bring up a description of each threat, as well as customize the map by changing the background color, language interface, and display mode from a rotating globe to a flat map. And while you're there, you can click on a link to see if your PC is infected.

You can check it out for yourself by going here.