Google Project Shield DoS Mitigation Service Is Free to News Sites
The goal is to protect publishers from attacks that are aimed at censoring or disrupting the flow of news content, Google officials said.Google has made its Project Shield denial-of-service attack mitigation technology available for free to news organizations around the world. Publishers that meet the company's definition of a news Website can submit an application to sign up for the service. Human rights organizations and Websites that monitor elections-related content also are eligible to sign up for Project Shield. Sites that are approved will be able to set up in about 10 minutes by making the appropriate changes to their Domain Name System records, Google said. Google launched Project Shield several years ago to protect news Websites from the effects of denial-of-service (DoS) attacks. Up to now, it has only been available on a trial basis to a limited number of test sites. "Now we're expanding Project Shield beyond our trusted testers, and opening it up to all the world's news sites," Jared Cohen, president of Jigsaw and an adviser to the executive chairman of Google's parent company Alphabet Inc., wrote this week in a blog post. With the expansion, tens of thousands of news sites now have access to the free service, he said.
Google has said that its motivation in launching Project Shield is to ensure that news organizations around the world are not hampered in their efforts to deliver news and other content by those seeking to censor and silence them. "Unfortunately, there are some out there who want to prevent this kind of reporting—to silence journalism when it's needed most," Cohen said.