While some believe that it was the worst ever internet hijack in Google’s history, the company said that it is investigating the root cause. Google spokesperson said, “We’re aware that a portion of internet traffic was affected by incorrect routing of IP addresses, and access to some Google services was impacted. The root cause of the issue was external to Google and there was no compromise of Google services.”
The web services offered by Google were disrupted after Google Cloud IP addresses were erroneously advertised by ISPs other than Google. The Nigerian telecom firm Main One confirmed that the re-routing was “an error during a planned network upgrade due to a misconfiguration on our BGP filters.” The error was corrected after 74 minutes.
Google services were unreachable for global audience after the traffic was rerouted through other networks. Cybersecurity experts suspect this incident was ‘war-game experiment’, while some believe that it was a technical glitch related to BGP peering agreements. The needle of suspicion is pointing at the following companies:
The state-run telecom company is the third largest state-owned telecom firm in China. The company has major network of points-of-presence (PoP), out of which two are in Canada, and eight in United States. Researchers claim that Chinese telecom operators have been involved in hijacking the internet traffic on previous occasions as well.
The Russian telecom company owns the largest networks of fibre optical cables in the world. The company is connecting broadband users in retail markets. Trans Telecom (TTK) started noticing routing database picking up connections for North Korea in 2017. TTK has not confirmed any routing deal with any country.