A redirection on the Internet, which caused data traffic to Russia and China to be redirected, affected Google's various services on Monday, including searching and storing in the cloud.
Service interruptions lasted nearly two hours and ended at half past five in the afternoon, said US Eastern Time, network monitoring companies. In addition to the Russian and Chinese telecommunications companies, a Nigerian internet provider was also involved.
Google confirmed the errors on the network status page on Monday, but said it only believes it's "external to Google." The company has not made any additional comments.
The method used, formally known as IP address hijacking (BPG), can disable essential services and facilitate espionage and financial theft. Most of the traffic in the Google services network – 94% to 27 October – is encrypted, which protects against espionage.
Alex Henthorn-Iwane, a manager of the ThousandEyes network and intelligence company, said that this is the worst incident against Google that his company has seen.
He said he suspected the possible participation of a national state because the traffic effectively landed in China Telecom, managed by the Chinese government. A recent study conducted by US experts Naval War College and the University of Tel Aviv notes that China is systematically hijacking and diverting internet traffic from the United States.
Most Internet principles are based on trust, a remnant of the designers that are based on the good intentions of the users. One of the consequences: you can not do much if a national state or someone with access to a major internet provider decides to divert traffic.
Henthorn-Iwane said that this case can be proof of theft possibilities.
In two recent cases, similar redirects related to financial sites. In April 2017 one of them had an effect on Mastercard, Visa and other sites. Last April another kidnapping facilitated the theft of digital coins.
The Department of Homeland Security did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
On Monday, ThousandEyes identified the companies involved in the incident, alongside China Telecom, the Russian internet provider Transtelecom and the Nigerian internet provider MainOne.
USA / AP