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Thursday, 09 December 2010 11:58

Insecurity experts close to fixing the worst hack of all time

Written by Nick Farell
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The Internet will not belong to China again
Insecurity experts claim that they are close to sealing one of the worst flaws in Internet coding which effectively shunted all US traffic through China for half an hour. The incident which happened last year was thanks to a lack of security in the Internet's main routing protocol.

While a fix has been mooted for nearly a decade,  a fix should be rolled out in January. Beginning Jan. 1, Internet registries will add a layer of encryption to their operations so that ISPs and other network operators can verify that they have the authority to route traffic for a block of IP addresses or routing prefixes known as Autonomous System Numbers.

The fix, which has been dubbed Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI), is not perfect and it needs adoption by all of the Internet registries as well as major ISPs before it can provide a significant amount of protection. Proponents of RPKI say it is a much-needed first step in improving the security of the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), which is the core routing protocol of the Internet.

If widely adopted, should prevent ISPs from accidentally disrupting the flow of Internet traffic with erroneous routing information. The RPKI development effort was funded in part by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, probably as the US woke up to the fact that the status quo was insanity.

Nick Farell

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+14 #1 Wolfdale 2010-12-09 13:24
so america comes to save the day !!

or.. they have a lot of secrets, and with half their gov plans being blown wide open thanks to wikileaks, usa wants to implement more secure ways to route their traffic, and control what traffic goes where..

at least china just tells its citizens they are monitoring them and the gov controls what u watch..

america is gonna do the same, but under the theme of "homeland security"
 
 
+30 #2 leftiszi 2010-12-09 13:38
They should fix the flaw in World economy first.
 
 
+11 #3 Liquid 2010-12-09 14:29
US traffic is not the internet
 
 
+12 #4 Steve-O 2010-12-09 16:12
As much as I don't trust the US Gov, I trust the Chinese Guv even less...
 
 
+3 #5 Naterm 2010-12-09 18:31
It was a few Gbps. You really think that is the entire internet traffic of the United States? Seriously?

It's probably not enough to be the sum of US Government traffic. Large corporations probably have data streams that big.
 
 
-5 #6 loadwick 2010-12-10 01:29
Hi Guys,

Does anybody know if password protected WinRAR files can be 'hacked' i.e. not 'cracked'. I know you can use bruteforce programmes but that just tells me to use a very long, very complex passwords. But can WinRARs actually be broken into?

Thanks guys
 
 
0 #7 gamoniac 2010-12-10 04:58
Now that the Chinese knows what movies and TV shows Americans are streaming through Netflix, we are doomed! What are we going to do now?!
 
 
+2 #8 BorgOvermind 2010-12-10 07:32
BGP was designed for a free internet.
RPKI is one of the first steps of the internet control project - the planned government takeover of the internet.
 
 
+2 #9 BorgOvermind 2010-12-10 07:33
Quoting leftiszi:
They should fix the flaw in World economy first.

True. But that's unfixable.
 
 
0 #10 Naterm 2010-12-10 21:58
Quoting loadwick:
Hi Guys,

Does anybody know if password protected WinRAR files can be 'hacked' i.e. not 'cracked'. I know you can use bruteforce programmes but that just tells me to use a very long, very complex passwords. But can WinRARs actually be broken into?

Thanks guys


Nothing, I mean nothing is 100% secure because nothing made by man is going to be perfect. As far as I know, WinRAR uses AES for encryption and AES can be broken. It's difficult, but it can be done.
 

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