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Chapter 1 – Baskerville
Baskerville is a machine operating on the Deflect network that protects sites from hounding, malicious bots. It’s also an open source project that, in time, will be able to reduce bad behaviour on your networks too. Baskerville responds to web traffic, analyzing requests in real-time, and challenging those acting suspiciously. A few months ago, Baskerville passed an important milestone – making its own decisions on traffic deemed anomalous. The quality of these decisions (recall) is high and Baskerville has already successfully mitigated many sophisticated real-life attacks.
We’ve trained Baskerville to recognize what legitimate traffic on our network looks like, and how to distinguish it from malicious requests attempting to disrupt our clients’ websites. Baskerville has turned out to be very handy for mitigating DDoS attacks, and for correctly classifying other types of malicious behaviour.
Baskerville is an important contribution to the world of online security – where solid web defences are usually the domain of proprietary software companies or complicated manual rule-sets. The ever-changing nature and patterns of attacks makes their mitigation a continuous process of adaptation. This is why we’ve trained a machine how to recognize and respond to anomalous traffic. Our plans for Baskerville’s future will enable plug-and-play installation in most web environments and privacy-respecting exchange of threat intelligence data between your server and the Baskerville clearinghouse.
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