China Reportedly Hijacked Internet Data For 15 Minutes In April

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News Posted: Thu, Nov 18 2010 8:27 AM
Even if you aren't typically freaked out by privacy scares, there's a good possibility that this one will shake you. When you think about it, the entire Internet is built on a mythical trust. We simply trust that every piece of information we send is in good hands. We think that "secure" websites mean that our information isn't seen by anyone. But that's clearly not true. Some company is managing that "secure" information, and if they wanted to (and wanted to get into all sorts of trouble), they could simply intercept the information they're claiming to protect. That's definitely a far-out theory, and it's not likely to happen, but you can't say it isn't possible.

And today, that kind of situation seems more possible than ever. In fact, that's exactly the sort of situation that happened in April. Earlier in the year, China's "state-controlled telecommunications company hijacked 15% of the world’s Internet traffic, including data from U.S. military, civilian organizations and those of other U.S. allies." Basically, China's agency decided to tell Internet data that routing it via its servers was the quickest and most efficient route, so "terabytes" of data flowed through when it really shouldn't have.


Even a security expert at McAfree has stated that the "implications of the incident are difficult for those outside the cybersecurity community to grasp," but it really boils down to China eavesdropping on unsecured communications. All sorts of e-mails and IMs were sent, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. No one in China has responded in public to the reports, and it must be noted that these are just allegations at the moment, albeit ones with lots of backing.

To put it bluntly, China decided to route traffic through their country versus taking the shortest path. An example was this: if someone sent a message from Virginia to Washington, D.C., the traffic obviously shouldn't need to travel to China before reaching the destination. But that's the kind of thing that happened for 15 minutes in April. We're definitely eager to hear more on what happened, why it happened and what we can do to prevent it from happening again. We didn't get you too worked up, did we?
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realneil replied on Thu, Nov 18 2010 8:22 PM

The only solution is to go and blow up another country. Do it quickly.

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Inspector replied on Thu, Nov 18 2010 10:05 PM

O.o, wow... what did they do with the information they got?  Was it done on purpose or what? xD But dam!!!

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The Chinese are not our Buddies. Take a look at THIS interesting article.

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realneil replied on Fri, Nov 19 2010 7:26 AM

Super Dave:
The Chinese are not our Buddies.

Agreed,........They would physically destroy us if they thought that they could actually do so. (they can't yet) So they're slowly doing it financially until we're too weak to keep our defensive forces supplied and ready. Then they'll attack us bit by bit, profusely apologizing each time for the 'mistake' through diplomatic channels.

By then, they'll be ready for anything with their huge manufacturing base. (a huge manufacturing base being how we defeated Germany and Japan in WW2)

The biggest mistake we ever made was allowing American companies to move operations out of country with no penalty.

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Marc B replied on Fri, Nov 19 2010 8:29 AM

"The biggest mistake we ever made was allowing American companies to move operations out of country with no penalty."

We didn't allow US companies out, both major parties purposely imposed laws and regulations that created disincentives to maintaining an industrial base. There has also been a push by the the UN and globalists to deindustrialize the Western world, knowing all along it would ruin us financially.

The below audio clips are directly from the power brokers mouths who helped engineer this:

http://www.thebigbadbank.com/audio.html

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a750gixr replied on Fri, Nov 19 2010 11:35 PM

I totally agree; however, I see something else happening too. The loss of yet more freedoms like the freedom to share information over the internet i.e. The bill in Congress allowing our government to shut down whatever servers they deem as necessary. It almost sounds like this could be a strategic move on China's part to give our politicians the motivation to pass yet another law to squash more freedoms and rights for national security.

The other thing I would like to know is how did they manage to do this? I'm still a newbie to networking but, with the amount of data they were dealing with would have been difficult to control. If anyone could explain it I would definitely like to know.

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realneil replied on Sat, Nov 20 2010 10:47 AM

a750gixr:
If anyone could explain it I would definitely like to know.

It's here: http://arstechnica.com/security/news/2010/11/how-china-swallowed-15-of-net-traffic-for-18-minutes.ars

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a750gixr replied on Sun, Nov 21 2010 9:28 AM

Thank you, for the link. It explains in general how they hijacked the data. It's going to take me a while to read the 300 page document posted though.. but good information!

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