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For 18 Minutes in April, China Hijacked 15% of the World’s Internet Traffic

Posted By admin On November 17, 2010 @ 5:32 am In Sci Tech | Comments Disabled

Nov 17, 2010

Via: National Defense Magazine [1]:

For 18 minutes in April, China’s state-controlled telecommunications company hijacked 15 percent of the world’s Internet traffic, including data from U.S. military, civilian organizations and those of other U.S. allies.

This massive redirection of data has received scant attention in the mainstream media because the mechanics of how the hijacking was carried out and the implications of the incident are difficult for those outside the cybersecurity community to grasp, said a top security expert at McAfee, the world’s largest dedicated Internet security company.

In short, the Chinese could have carried out eavesdropping on unprotected communications — including emails and instant messaging — manipulated data passing through their country or decrypted messages, Dmitri Alperovitch, vice president of threat research at McAfee said.

Nobody outside of China can say, at least publicly, what happened to the terabytes of data after the traffic entered China.

The incident may receive more attention when the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a congressional committee, releases its annual report on the bilateral relationship Nov. 17. A commission press release said the 2010 report will address “the increasingly sophisticated nature of malicious computer activity associated with China.”

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[8] China asks U.S. to explain Internet surveillance: http://www.prisonplanet.com/china-asks-u-s-to-explain-internet-surveillance.html

[9] Internet Traffic Begins to Bypass the U.S.: http://www.prisonplanet.com/internet-traffic-begins-to-bypass-the-us.html

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