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Friday, 19 November 2010 10:42

China denies Internet hijack

Written by Nick Farell

18 minutes allegation baseless
China has denied US allegations it ''hijacked'' highly sensitive internet traffic earlier this year.

Yesterday the US claimed that a state-owned telecoms company in China had access to 15 per cent of global internet traffic, including confidential emails from NASA and the US Army, for 18 minutes. The state-owned company accused of ''hijacking'' the encrypted information, China Telecom, yesterday denied ''any hijack of internet traffic" and the Government has also claimed it was not involved.

If the US claims were true it would represent ''one of the biggest hijacks'' of sensitive information in the history of the internet. The US report said that some 15 per cent of global internet traffic was routed through Chinese servers earlier this year, prompting worries that the country now has access to sensitive correspondence from US government bodies.

However the US view is backed by Dimitri Alperovitch from McAfee who detected a routing announcement from China's state-controlled telecommunications company, China Telecom, which advertised 15 percent of the world's Internet routes. For at least the next 18 minutes, up until China Telecom withdrew the announcement, a significant portion of the world's Internet traffic was redirected through China to reach its final destination.

Nick Farell

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+8 #1 deadspeedv 2010-11-19 13:08
18 minutes of lag. No wonder the US is pissed. It cost them 18 min of good WoW time.
+3 #2 Nooblet 2010-11-19 13:43
18 min of fwap time?
+4 #3 hoohoo 2010-11-19 17:06
Coming as it does from the USA, a country which is known to electronically analyse all telecom & data crossing it's borders, this is just the pot calling the kettle black.
-5 #4 Fud_u 2010-11-19 22:14
What sup with the hatin'? Hopefully, they inject the internet with unicorn and not viruses.
-4 #5 JAB Creations 2010-11-21 21:39
It's communists trying to show their desire to destroy the US and I'm not limiting communists to China, I'm also pointing at the commies here in the US.

Additionally our security agencies (e.g. NSA, FBI, CIA, etc) are stuck using equipment made by communists in Israel and it's allowed criminals to ease-drop on intelligence communications allowing criminals to evade law enforcements. This is part of communism's goal of destroying the social structure of western countries.

They also spend a LOT of time on the internet trying to debase people who point them out e.g. thumbing down comments like mine that point out what's going on. They'll say things I say are too complex...then explain half the things going on in the world and how simple something like a CPU/GPU is then.
-2 #6 Naterm 2010-11-21 21:54
This comes from a US government report that doesn't actually mention any traffic figures for the supposed hijack. The website the report cites also doesn't mention them. The only thing the web site mentioned were routes. Further study of the incident has shown that it was at most a few gigabits per second diverted to China. That's statistically insignificant.
-1 #7 Naterm 2010-11-21 21:57
Jab, that has to be one of the dumbest things I've ever read. First and foremost, China isn't really Communist. Not anymore. They've shown that free market systems work very, very well with totalitarian government. Probably something the leaders in the US eye with envy and that the old Soviets in Russia wish they had invented.

I seriously hope you were joking, sometimes sarcasm doesn't come across very well on the internet.
0 #8 BorgOvermind 2010-11-23 09:47
They are just testing the assimilation capabilities. When a sufficient tech level will be available we will see this type of rerouting much more often.

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