Internet traffic hijack disrupts Google services

BGP hijacking appears to have hit Google Cloud

According to an AP report, the service interruptions lasted for almost two hours.

For starters, internet traffic to Google got dropped at China Telecom.

"Our analysis indicates that the origin of this leak was the BGP peering relationship between MainOne, the Nigerian provider, and China Telecom". It can arise either from misconfiguration - human error, essentially- or from a malicious action.

"The issue with Google Cloud IP addresses being erroneously advertised by internet service providers other than Google has been resolved for all affected users as of 14:35 US/Pacific", the company aid.

Internet research firm Thousand Eyes, however, claimed that "traffic to certain Google destinations appears to be routed through an ISP in Russian Federation and black-holed at a China Telecom gateway router".

Some web services provided by internet giant Google were briefly disrupted today after a Google Cloud IP issue that the company wrote in a blog post was "external" and under investigation, though what exactly happened remains unclear.

Google noted that pretty much all its traffic is encrypted so the re-routing didn't lead to compromised services.

Alex Henthorn-Iwane, an executive at the network-intelligence company ThousandEyes, called Monday's incident the worst affecting Google that his company has seen.


The company doesn't believe the incident was malicious, it told the Wall Street Journal.

Global internet traffic routing systems are potentially vulnerable because in an era where the internet has become one of the world's foremost geopolitical battlegrounds, the independence and neutrality of providers is not always a certain matter.

The diversion, known as border gateway protocol route hijacking, is built into the internet, which was designed for collaboration by trusted parties - not competition by hostile nation-states.

In two recent cases, such rerouting has affected financial sites.

The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

According to BGPmon, the incident was caused by a small Nigerian ISP named MainOne Cable Company (AS37282), which announced to nearby ISPs that it was hosting IP addresses that were normally assigned to Google's data center network.

The researchers said the misdirected traffic was of particular concern given the list of countries through which large amounts of sensitive data was passing. Neither was ready to more definitively pinpoint the cause.

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