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World Time Internet failures have prompted Google services


The incident against Google was rated as the worst the company saw / Photo: AP

An Internet diversion that has redirected data traffic to Russia and China has affected some of Google's services, including search and cloud storage, on Monday.

Interruptions in the service lasted nearly two hours and ended at around 5:30 pm in the afternoon, the eastern hour of the US, networking companies said. In addition to the Russian and Chinese telecommunications companies, a Nigerian Internet provider was also involved.

Google has confirmed the flaws on its network status page on Monday, but only said it believes it is "Google external". The company has not made further comments.

The method used, officially known as IP address hijacking (BPG), can eliminate essential services and facilitate financial espionage and theft. Most traffic on the Google Network – 94% by October 27th – is encrypted, which protects against espionage.

Alex Henthorn-Iwane, an executive of the ThousandEyes network and the information company, said it was the worst case against Google that he saw his company.

He said he suspected the possible participation of a nation-state because the traffic actually landed in China Telecom, administered by the Chinese government. A recent study by US experts Naval War College and Tel Aviv University notes that China systematically hijacks and redirects Internet traffic from the United States.

Most internet principles are based on trust, a relic of designers who have assumed good intentions of users. One of the consequences: You can not do too much if a nation-state or someone having access to a major Internet service provider decides to redirect traffic.

Henthorn-Iwane said that this case could be proof of the theft capabilities.

In two recent cases, similar redirects have affected financial sites. In April 2017, one of them affected Mastercard, Visa and other sites. In April, another kidnapping facilitated theft of digital coins.

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

ThousandEyes identified the companies involved in the Monday incident, in addition to China Telecom, the Transtelecom road service provider and Nigerian MainOne Internet Service Provider.



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