The technology giant has launched a free service that protects news sites from DDoS attacks on the web.

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is an attempt to make an online service unavailable by sending traffic using multiple Trojan infected sources. DDoS attacks are used for various reasons, but is usually used as a subversive tactic against independent news sites in autocratic and in recent times even in the so-called free countries, where governments don’t like to be criticized or have their policies exposed (read Wikileaks, Snowden files).

Sites using Google’s Project Shield register with the service to “reverse proxy” their traffic through its cloud platform. A change in the DNS, will route all the traffic through Google, meaning any DDoS attack, has to attack Google’s massive servers and technology before it can attack the actual site, which is, let’s suffice by saying is difficult to penetrate.

The catch, however, is that the countries, where Google is blocked, the site registered with Project Shield will be automatically blocked.

The service is free, and according to Google, you can sign up for it in 10 minutes.

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