Internet redirects that redirected data traffic to Russia and China affected several Google services on Monday, including cloud search and storage.
The interruption of the service lasted almost two hours and ended at 5:30 in the afternoon in the American magazine Eastern Times. In addition to Russian and Chinese telecommunications companies, Nigerian Internet Service Provider was also involved.
Google has confirmed shortcomings on its network status page on Monday but has only said it believes it is "off Google". The company did not bring any further comments.
The method used, formally known as IP address abduction (BPG), can discard basic services and facilitate spying and financial theft. Most Google Network traffic – 94% by October 27 – is encrypted, which protects against spying.
Alex Henthorn-Iwane, Chief Executive Officer of ThousandEyes and Intelligence, said it was the worst incident against Google that the company saw.
He said he suspected the possible participation of the nation state, as the transport actually landed at China Telecom, which is being run by the Chinese government. A recent study by experts from the US Naval War College and Tel Aviv University notes that China has systematically assassinated and diverted Internet traffic from the United States.
Most internet principles are based on trust, a relic of designers who have taken good user intentions. One of the consequences: You can not do much if a national state or someone with access to a major Internet service provider decides to redirect traffic.
Henthorn-Iwane said that this case may prove the ability of theft.
In two recent cases, similar redirects touched financial pages. In April 2017, one of them hit Mastercard, Visa, and other sites. Last April, another abduction facilitated the theft of digital coins.
The Ministry of Homeland Security did not respond to the request for comments.
ThousandEyes identified the company that participated in the incident Monday, excluding China Telecom, the Russian Internet access provider Transtelecom and Nigeria's MainOne Internet Service Provider.
USA / AP