Redirection of Web traffic to China still a mystery

Redirection of Web traffic to China still a mystery

Summary: Six months after web traffic involving popular US sites and email from computers around the globe was re-directed to Chinese servers unnecessarily, internet watchers are trying to figure out why it happened.

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Six months after web traffic involving popular US sites and email from computers around the globe was re-directed to Chinese servers unnecessarily, internet watchers are trying to figure out why it happened and how to prevent future mishaps.

In at least two instances since mid-March, large amounts of traffic on the internet have been routed to China in circumstances still shrouded in mystery, Rodney Joffe, senior technologist at DNS (domain name system) registry Neustar, told CNET News in an interview this week.

The first situation happened on 24 March, when workers at network operation centers in various parts of the world noticed that traffic to popular sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and about 20 or 30 others was being redirected to servers in China as a result of traffic interception via one of the main DNS root servers. This had the result of giving web surfers in western countries a glimpse of what Chinese internet users see when they try to access sites that are blocked — error messages indicating that the sites don't exist or censored Chinese-language versions of the sites. It's unknown how long the situation lasted, according to Joffe.

For more on this story, read Web traffic redirected to China still a mystery on CNET News.

Topics: Browser, Networking, Servers, China

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  • just a glimpse of what's coming

    The PRC Army folks have been financing huge amounts of IT research in how to bring any particular Western IT system to it knees. Think about power grids, telephone networks, etc.

    At least one attack scenario involves coopting some command system like the electricity grid, then sending harmful commands to crash to grid. The next thing you do is prevent any sort of recovery commands from getting there by rerouting all traffic to a blind alley.

    Welcome to next gen warfare.
    wizardjr
    • RE: Redirection of Web traffic to China still a mystery

      @wizardjr
      Don't worry, Bruce Willis and Justin Long will stop them.
      Richard in Phoenix
      • RE: Redirection of Web traffic to China still a mystery

        @Richard in Phoenix They won't be necessary if Chuck Norris steps in :p
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