A Chinese ISP momentarily hijacks the Internet

A Chinese ISP momentarily hijacks the Internet
A Chinese ISP momentarily hijacks the Internet 

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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