Google just released a free DDoS protection platform, Project Shield, to protect news sites. Also, Facebook has implemented several protective programs.
A specific type of cyber attack, DDoS attacks, has dominated many headlines of late. These attacks revolve around hacker attempts to essentially shut down a website or network—or combination thereof—by sending a wave of traffic in a short amount of time.
A massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack knocked out service for major sites across the U.S. East Coast this morning.