On Monday afternoon there was a widely reported outage of Google services in the US. This lasted for 74 minutes and was due to internet traffic being wrongly directed via Russia and China in a situation known as a “BGP Hijack”.
The issue has been linked to the West African Internet Service Provider (ISP) Main One. They announced the issue was down to a misconfiguration error that “leaked” and caused internet traffic to be redirected.
Initial concerns that the attack was malicious in nature were luckily unfounded; although the incident has again raised issues surrounding the vulnerabilities of the Border Gateway Protocol – a legacy, trust-based protocol, responsible for the deciding how traffic is routed across the internet.