By Robert McMillan
IDG News Service
April 08, 2010
For the second time in two weeks, bad networking information spreading
from China has disrupted the Internet.
On Thursday morning, bad routing data from a small Chinese ISP called
IDC China Telecommunication was re-transmitted by China's state-owned
China Telecommunications, and then spread around the Internet, affecting
Internet service providers such as AT&T, Level3, Deutsche Telekom, Qwest
Communications and Telefonica.
"There are a large number of ISPs who accepted these routes all over the
world," said Martin A. Brown, technical lead at Internet monitoring firm
According to Brown, the incident started just before 10 a.m. Eastern
Time on Thursday and lasted about 20 minutes. During that time IDC China
Telecommunication transmitted bad routing information for between 32,000
and 37,000 networks, redirecting them to IDC China Telecommunication
instead of their rightful owners.
These networks included about 8,000 U.S. networks including those
operated by Dell, CNN, Starbucks and Apple. More than 8,500 Chinese
networks,1,100 in Australia and 230 owned by France Telecom were also
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