(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Reuters recently reported that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is building a virtual replica of the internet to examine ways to better protect against potential cyber-attacks.
Officials will use the project, called the National Cyber Range to carry out test cyber attacks and examine new defenses in virtual cyber space.
Meanwhile, a prototype by Lockheed Martin has already been built and Reuters reported that the project should be fully running by the middle of next year. Lockheed Martin apparently began developing the prototype in 2009.
Reuters also reported that the project comes with a price tag of $130 million.
The U.S. government has recently looked to further its protection against worldwide cyber threats. Most recently, Google faced a cyber-attack of its Gmail service which was said to have originated in China. Lockheed Martin recently faced a cyber breach as well.