Google's new "Project Shield" promises to keep small sites live when under attack from Internet miscreants. But the net result could be a backdoor attack on Akamai Technologies , Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the following video.

The idea is simple: Extend a portion of Google's vast infrastructure to sites serving humanitarian causes. In doing so, "Project Shield" defends them from the disruptive power of distributed denial of service attacks. Akamai promises its customers similar protection via security offerings such as Kona Site Defender.

Should investors in either stock care? Is Google's gesture nothing more than an effort to improve the world, or could it be the beginning of a broader move into the cloud security market? Tim answers these questions and more in the video. Please watch now, and then leave a comment to let us know where you stand.

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Big like Google can be a dfisadvantage==one more service can go unnoticed. I still like AKAM.

October 25 2013 at 11:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply