During that time, web browsers and apps that tried to connect to Google, YouTube, etc, or sites and platforms on Google Cloud, such as Spotify and Nest, were routed to the Chinese telco via Russian ISP TransTelekom, and dropped into a black hole.
"Our analysis indicates that the origin of this leak was the BGP peering relationship between MainOne, the Nigerian provider, and China Telecom".
As the situation stands, according to cybersecurity firm ThousandEyes, is that a broadband carrier in Lagos, Nigeria, made its system look like the supposedly right and proper route for Google-owned IP prefixes to direct traffic through.
"While setting up a new interconnection, the Nigerian ISP nearly certainly inadvertently leaked the routing information to China Telecom who then leaked it out to the rest of the world", said Prince added.
Yesterday's temporary Google traffic redirection marks just another incident in a long list of BGP hijacks incidents that have been a major problem since the 1990s. We also noticed that this leak was primarily propagated by business-grade transit providers and did not impact consumer ISP networks as much.
Most network traffic to Google services -94 percent as of October 27 - is encrypted, which shields it from prying eyes even if diverted.
Toonk said that the route leak affected 212 unique Google prefixes.
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Services from Google on Monday became unavailable for up to two hours as user traffic followed a tortuous path through operators in Russian Federation and Nigeria before hitting the Great Firewall of China.
If nothing else, the disclosure will allay fears that the outage was the result of some sort of attack or other nefarious activity.
"[It] further underscores one of the fundamental weaknesses in the fabric of the internet", Mr Naik wrote. Naik writes: "BGP was created to be a chain of trust between well-meaning ISPs and universities that blindly believe the information they receive. It hasn't evolved to reflect the complex commercial and geopolitical relationships that exist between ISPs and nations today", ThousandEyes said.
"All the traffic slammed into the great firewall, terminating at China Telecom edge router", Naik added. Until they are, BGP hijacks and data leaks like this can continue to happen.
The incident caused quite a stir online, and especially among networking and cyber-security experts.