An anonymous researcher with a lot of time on his hands apparently
shares the sentiment. In a newly published research paper, this
unnamed data junkie explains how he used some stupid simple
hacking techniques to build a 420,000-node botnet that helped him
draw the most detailed map of the Internet known to man. Not only
does it show where people are logging in, it also shows changes in
traffic patterns over time with an impressive amount of precision.
This is all possible, of course, because the researcher hacked
into nearly half a million computers so that he could ping each
one, charting the resulting paths in order to make such a complex
and detailed map. Along those lines, the project has as much to do
with hacking as it does with mapping.