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Cyberattack mapping could yield blueprint for cyber defense

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have been mapping out attacks against large-scale computer networks to develop massive cyberattack simulations to gain a better understanding of how automated cyberwarfare works and how to defend against coordinated cyberattacks, according to a report from Information Security magazine.

Cyberattack maps developed by Sandia researchers depict cyberwarfare as a series of colored dots, lines and cryptic graphs. Those measurements make up a complex computer simulation of a massive botnet attack against a large-scale network, Information Security reported. The Sandia research team has created complex simulations of cyberagents on computer networks as a means of understanding how cyberattacks may be anticipated, mitigated and ultimately defended against.

Security researchers cite cyberattack mapping as the Holy Grail of cyberwarfare, Information Security reported. "Such a map could produce a decisive advantage, just as understanding the local geography of a country is a crucial advantage in real-world warfare," the report stated.

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