An anonymous researcher has used illegal hacking techniques to create what some are calling the most accurate map yet of the internet and internet activity. The researcher built a botnet, a loose network of computers that can be harnessed to perform specific tasks, comprised of some 420,000 unprotected computers and other connected devices around the world. The researcher then uploaded a small program onto the devices, which monitored their activity. The result was what the researcher called "the largest and most comprehensive IPv4 census ever." The animated map shows relative usage of IP addresses over a 24-hour period. IPv4 is the fourth version of the Internet Protocol, a system of numbers used to identify devices on the Internet. A newer Internet Protocol, IPv6, will replace IPv4, but IPv4 still carries the majority of Internet traffic.
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