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The hot news on the wires this morning is the unexpected and unauthorised temporary routing of Google traffic via China.
How did this happen?
Well apparently a small Nigerian cable company updated its DNS information with information that gave incorrect routing information for a chunk of IP addresses that belong to Google.
That misinformation was then passed on by China Telecom which made it available to a Russian ISP which in turn passed it on to a swathe of other ISPs around the globe.
Are you really telling me that the internet is so badly designed that one tiny stuff-up (or malicious action) within the DNS system can propagate around the world so easily -- effectively crippling a Net giant like Google?
Hmmm... it sure seems that this is the case.
Arstechnica has good coverage of this story and it beggars belief that the whole damned thing is clearly so frail and/or open to exploit.
Although a number of commentators have suggested that this was almost certainly a deliberate re-route, others (including Google) are happy that it was just a mistake.
Google goes on to say that no data was compromised by the SNAFU, thanks to the use of digital certificates and encryption.
Surely, with so much of the world's commerce and communications now almost totally dependent on the internet, the tired, frail, outdated DNS system really does need to be replaced with something more robust and suited to task.
If you recall, the whole goal behind the internet (back in the DARPA days) was to create a multiply redundant network that could route-around damage. Sadly, the DNS remains the Achilles heel of that concept.
It should simply not be possible for an ISP in some third-world country to disrupt the Net by advertising erroneous routes that are then accepted as gospel by other larger ISPs and propagated around the globe. The fact that this *has* happened ought to be the trigger to perhaps roll out a whole new DNS2+ Turbo Extreme Secure Version(TM).
What do readers think?
What type of cunning new Nigerian-based scams can we see coming as a result of this?
DEAR SIR MY NAME IS BISHOP NIKO INCUMO AND I AM THE DNS CONTROLLER AT NIGERIA'S LARGEST ISP. I AM TAKING THE MOMENT TO CORDIALLY INTRODUCE MYSELF IN THE HOPE WE CAN CONDUCT MUTUALLY BENEFITICAL TRANSACTIONS. YOU MAY HAVE READ RECENTLY THAT GOOGLE TRAFFIC WAS REDIRECTED BY MYSELF TO CHINA AND DURING THAT TIME I NOTICED YOU HAD BEEN ACCESSING PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIAL. IF YOU DO NOT PAY ME 3 BITCOIN, I WILL TELL YOUR MOTHER. YOURS ETERNALLY
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