The protocols underpinning the web were written long before we had connected microwaves and billions of daily users.
In November 2018, hackers created a massive internet traffic diversion, rerouting data through China, Nigeria and Russia. It disrupted Google, taking its business tools offline, slowing down search and making its cloud unreachable. It was an example of Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) hijacking and while in this case the error exploited was related to an outdated Nigerian ISP, the incident points to a vulnerability in our web infrastructure.
We anticipate new cases of internet traffic hijacking in 2020, especially during the numerous high-profile streaming events planned for the year ahead: big sports events (World Series, Super Bowl, Olympics), the U.S. election in November, grand finales or premieres of series, and more.
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