The heart of tech

This article was published on August 29, 2014


    This is what it looks like when you ping the entire internet

    This is what it looks like when you ping the entire internet
    Roberto Baldwin
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    Roberto Baldwin

    Roberto Baldwin was a reporter for The Next Web in San Francisco between April 2014 and March 2015. Roberto Baldwin was a reporter for The Next Web in San Francisco between April 2014 and March 2015.

    The Internet is a vast series of tubes computers and devices networked together sharing the same information. But where do all those pieces of hardware reside?

    Shodan founder John Matherly found out when he pinged all the devices on the internet. As you can see from the image below, most devices are concentrated in developed nations and metropolitan areas.

    Matherly’s company Shodan bills itself as the “world’s first search engine for internet-connected devices.” It helps companies determine which of their devices are connected to the Internet and where they are located.

    Of course, it’s difficult to determine if Matherly was able to ping all the devices on the Internet. But the image is a good indicator of where most Internet-connected devices are located.

    John Matherly