I recently saw Vesna Manojlovic’s (@Ms_Multicolor) talk at BalCCon (@BalCC0n) about the RIPE Atlas device and I wanted to find out more about the project. I felt a need to play around with the device, see how it works, run a few security tests, and of course, be part of the online community that has access to the data in real-time.
Getting started with the RIPE Atlas probe (@RIPE_Atlas) was more or less straightforward.
The RIPE NCC (@RIPE_NCC) is building the largest Internet measurement network ever made.
For those who are not familiar, the RIPE NCC assigns and allocates Internet number resources across Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia. The RIPE Atlas employs a global network of probes that measure Internet connectivity and reachability, providing an unprecedented understanding of the state of the Internet in real time. You can explore the RIPE Atlas measurements, maps and tools, once you register for an account.
Starting with the probe I had to visit the URL http://probev3.ripe.net which redirected me to https://atlas.ripe.net/docs/probe-v3/. On that page, one can find further information about the device, and what one should do if they find one connected to a network, and of course what to do if one has found a lost device.