Google has announced a new initiative to protect websites serving news, human rights or elections-related content from Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. In a DDoS attack, the attacker sends a swarm of hits to the target website till its servers can no longer bear the volume and eventually take the site offline. Called Project Shield, Google is now offering such websites the opportunity to use its infrastructure, which have enough bandwidth to bear such attacks.
“Project Shield is an initiative launched by Google Ideas to use Google’s own Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack mitigation technology to protect free infrastructure online. The service allows other websites to serve their content through Google’s infrastructure without having to move their hosting location,” according to Google’s description of the service.
The project is in a pilot phase at the moment and Google is seeking “trusted testers” and has limited it to news, human rights and elections-related websites. If your website falls under any of these categories, you can apply to participate in Project Shield from here.