Google said that it will be providing extra protection against cyberattacks to “at-risk” individuals and organizations.
GOOGLE PHILIPPINES — The tech giant said that it will be providing extra protection against cyberattacks to “at-risk” individuals and organizations during the 2022 elections.
Google said in a statement that it was inviting Philippine human rights, elections monitoring, and media organizations, as well as individual journalists, to apply to “Project Shield”.
According to the tech giant, “Project Shield” provided free unlimited protection against DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks. “Project Shield” was created by Google and Jigsaw.
DDoS attack is a type of digital attack used in order to censor information by taking websites offline. News websites such as Rappler and ABS-CBN have been the subject of such attacks.
The tech giant also said that its “Project Shield” filtered out malicious traffic using Google’s infrastructure and DDoS tools.
“If a website is targeted by a DDoS attack, Google’s servers will block attacking traffic to keep the website up and running,” said the tech giant.
Aside from this, the tech giant said that its Advanced Protection Program (APP) can help protect policymakers, political candidates, campaign teams, journalists, and activists from online threats.
Google also said that it was offering to enroll those individuals into APP in order to protect them against online threats such as sophisticated phishing attacks, malware and other malicious downloads on Android and Chrome, and unauthorized access to their personal account data such as Google Drive, Gmail, or Google Photos.
“As new threats are discovered, APP evolves to provide the latest protections,” Google said. “APP brings Google’s strongest security protections together into a holistic program that is constantly upgraded in response to emerging threats.“