|Is China testing cyber-nukes?|
|Friday, 09 April 2010 12:32|
China has been in the cross hairs of Google and the US State Department recently thanks to the discovery that hackers had used extremely clever espionage techniques to get access to Google’s networks (and at least 30 other major corporations.) Infiltrating target networks is one thing. What about bringing out the big guns? BGP route announcements.
The malicious announcement of BGP routes could temporarily completely disrupt Internet traffic for any network and could have spillover effects that could take an entire country offline, as happened in the Pakistan-YouTube incident. Using BGP route announcements to cause damage is the most powerful cyber-weapon available. ( In a blatant attempt to get Wired Magazine to froth at the mouth let’s call it a cyber-nuke attack.)
Thousands of network routes where essentially hijacked yesterday by Chinese ISPs. Was this intentional? BGPMon speculates that it was an accident, which is reasonable since there are no documented cases of anyone ever issuing malicious route announcements. They are always user-errors. But if one were to contemplate developing offensive cyber weapons wouldn’t you test them occasionally to see if they worked?
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