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[liberationtech] // Most comprehensive IPv4 mapping project made with illegal botnet //

Julian Oliver julian at
Wed Mar 20 09:44:11 PDT 2013

I'm very impressed by this project:

A hardcore but, as many note, 'necessary' strategy if one wishes to get such a
comprehensive map of the (IPv4) Internet. You can't expect millions of people to
install and use port scanning software - potentially breaking the law in their
juristiction - to contribute to your mapping project. So a 'malware' (if you can consider it that) is the better means
to acheive that coverage.

The anonymous researcher(s) provide 68M traceroute records and 9TB of scan data
for download. 420 000 hosts were infected by scouring for default passwords
(also using telnet). Routers were a common target.

First, find your external Internet IP here:

And then type it into the 'Add Marker' field in their impressive Hilbert Browser:


Julian Oliver

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