Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Route Hijacking, Redirecting Internet Traffic

If a bad actor (e.g., a criminal or government agency) can't access your traffic, it will try to redirect it to a place where it can . . . .

Cyber-security puzzle: Who is sending Internet traffic on long, strange trips? - CSMonitor.com: "Doug Madory, a Renesys expert, is one of the few able to see what was going on. As he watched his computer monitor in late summer, he says, unidentified hackers subtly diverted a US Internet provider’s Denver data stream – its e-mails and electronic file transfers – that were intended to travel just across town to another Denver location. “Route hijacking has been around for a long time, but it’s typically been accidental, brief, and highly public,” Mr. Madory says. “What we’re seeing now is subtle, almost impossible to detect – a man-in-the-middle setup to intercept data over relatively long periods of time: several hours or even an entire day. It looks like a targeted attack by either a criminal organization or nation state.”"

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