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Russian Telco Stole Internet Traffic from Google, AWS, Cloudfare, and Others for More Than an Hour

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Earlier this week, traffic meant for more than 200 of the world’s largest content delivery networks (CDNs) and cloud hosting providers was suspiciously redirected through Rostelecom, Russia’s state-owned telecommunications provider.

The incident affected more than 8,800 internet traffic routes from 200+ networks, and lasted for about an hour.

Impacted companies are a who’s who in the cloud and CDN market, including big names such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, Akamai, Cloudflare, GoDaddy, Digital Ocean, Joyent, LeaseWeb, Hetzner, and Linode.

The incident is a classic “BGP hijack.” BGP stands for the Border Gateway Protocol and is the de-facto system used to route internet traffic between internet networks across the globe.

Curated from MSN

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