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DARPA's cyber warriors dive into the Internet with Oculus Rift

Back in the 1990s, when the Internet was new, Hollywood struggled with how to display it for the masses. Often, they settled upon a literal "information superhighway" that hackers could somehow dive into, retrieving data like pearls from the seafloor. Apparently that way of thinking struck a chord with the folks at DARPA because, for the last two years, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has been working on something called "Plan X". Based around the virtual reality interface of the Oculus Rift headset, Plan X will let U.S. military personnel dive into the Internet — just like Hollywood always said we could.

The ability to go for a swim in the Internet's data streams allows Plan X's users to "look around the data," as program manager Frank Pound puts it. Delving into an enemy's secure server network, you are presented with spheroid representations of networks. Enemy attacks, like DDoS assaults are also visualized.

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