(Washington Post) In 2010 a Chinese ISP momentarily hijacked the Internet. Due to a misconfiguration, some traffic that should have gone to Dell, CNN, Starbucks and Apple was sent to China instead. The incident lasted for only a few minutes and the responsible party claimed it was an accident. But it highlights a dangerous security weakness in one of the Internet's fundamental protocols.
Research released this week has revealed two more cases in which misconfigurations re-routed traffic far from their intended destination. For example, in one of the attacks, traffic traveling from Mexico to the United States took a circuitous and illogical route to Belarus.