Check out the F-Secure Globe

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The image above is a screen capture of the newest visualization from the F-Secure Labs: the F-Secure Globe, which you can click here to visit. (Requires WebGL.)

We spoke to to Lew Swee Meng, a software architect with F-Secure Malaysia, about this awesome 3-D project.

So what does this map show us?
F-Secure Globe is a 3-D visualization of locations with malware detections based on F-Secure data over the past 24 hours.

Where does the data come from?
The data is sourced from F-Secure worldmap3 REST interface which provides malware detection data & statistics for the last 24 hours.

The original service is available here: http://worldmap3.f-secure.com.

How does the data vary throughout the day, the week?
I haven’t closely monitored the data can tell some based on my observations so far:

  • malware detection increases during daytime for most countries
  • same goes with the top locations statistics — for example Taipei ranks top in the morning, and Helsinki takes over as the day passes
  • at times, you will see the names of unfamiliar places
  • Sunday is usually a quiet day – low detections

How did this map get developed?
This application is originated from F-Secure’s KL Hackathon which was held on 12-13 April 2013. It involved internal and external developers where they have coded for about 26 hours. It has now since moved into F-Secure KickStarter as one our internal pet projects.

Since our virus world maps are mainly in 2-D form, I thought that it’s cool to have a 3-D visualization and different interaction of the map.

On top of that, the data is aggregated for 24 hours and statistics are generated and displayed through the small widgets.

What are some interesting insights you’ve had or heard from people looking at the map?
The most common one is about the 3D globe and people has not seen our data represented so visually before.

Next, visible locations on the globe have given different insight into our protection coverage, for example we have detections at Greenland and Fiji.

People are also paying attention to the locations with the highest malware detections and trying to think about rationale behind it.

Then, I’ve heard some funny comments such as “It looks painful!” and “F-Secure, the new continent”.

Lastly, the globe’s resemblance to an Easter egg has managed to put smile on many faces.

Here’s a visual explanation of what you’re seeing on the map.

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