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A Different Sort of Sunday Beauty

Folks, this week’s “pretty picture” is rather different than my usual.. and I bet it is something you have never seen before. Have you ever wondered what the Internet looks like?

This Is the Most Detailed Picture of the Internet Ever (and Making it Was Very Illegal)

Click on image to see more (reco’d)

I made it kinda small, as I hope this will intrigue you enough to click on the image. Doing so will take you to the very interesting article I stole borrowed it from.. The very interesting guy there has more images, and explains how it was made — which should cause a few of you thinkers out there to have a thought or two..

So click on the image, or click here, and see the movie and read about how this ‘map’ was made. You won’t be sorry you did.

Today’s quote:I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.” ~ Jewish Proverb

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May 12, 2013 - Posted by | computers, hackers, Internet, networking, News | , , , , , , ,


  1. Paul, An Amazing Map Of The Internet…for sure a different Sunday Beauty!

    Seeing the map of the flow of active traffic of unprotected computers …”mind boggling” to say the least!

    With “much” further reading: Along with the seriousness of this subject is the recognition of the author’s accomplishment of the creation of the Internet Map…truly clever!

    Also Christine Smallwood’s (article from the Motherboard Site) describes the Internet as: “it is not only a chart of the privileged, but an acid trip of progress.” Well Said…in my opinion!

    My first, instant glance of the “gorgeous map” was: “what a beautiful, abstract picture to paint”…rather tedious though!


    Comment by Gaia | May 13, 2013 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      I am glad you got something out of today’s posting. (But, no — I would not want to try to paint that..!) (Print, Postersize, maybe.)


      Comment by techpaul | May 13, 2013 | Reply

  2. Reblogged this on Nerd Stash.


    Comment by Sayak Sarkar | May 14, 2013 | Reply

  3. That is a very SCARY picture of ignorance.

    He “targeted only essentially unprotected computers — that is, devices that required only an “admin” log-in and a blank password field or no log-in at all — that he set his code to run as lowest possible priority in the infected device to avoid interference, and also left a note behind explaining to the computers’ owners that he’d used their computers for this research. He even left them an email address in case they had any questions about the project.”

    Depending on what you use your PC for…Internet usage is not a game.


    Comment by delenn13 | May 14, 2013 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      I see someone has their thinking cap on. What this tells us is .. scary indeed. (And we’ve built our entire economic system, heck, our whole society’s ability to function, into relying on that mesh of relays…)

      I think the most important line was: “The research also serves as another much-needed warning about Internet security. “A lot of devices and services we have seen during our research should never be connected to the public Internet at all. As a rule of thumb, if you believe that ‘nobody would connect that to the Internet, really nobody’, there are at least 1000 people who did.

      And I wouldn’t be so kind as to phrase it “ignorance”…

      And – for giggles – let’s extrapolate. Let’s think of how many more machines would appear on the map if they had tried easily-guessed passwords (aka “password”).
      Then.. those that had no AV.
      Then add those that weren’t ‘patched’…


      Comment by techpaul | May 14, 2013 | Reply

  4. Paul,

    It would be “all sparkly”.

    I wonder how many people sent him an email asking him about the project….


    Comment by delenn13 | May 14, 2013 | Reply

    • delenn13,

      I wonder too. (And… did any of them have badges?)

      (.. “all sparkly”.. I did LOL. Thx!)


      Comment by techpaul | May 14, 2013 | Reply

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