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DNS Problem Brings Great Firewall of China Global

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 40 comments

Security experts around the globe are currently trying to unravel a mysterious networking error that saw Web traffic to sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube rerouted to Chinese servers.

CNet reports that on Wednesday, a Chilean DNS admin sent out an email to his counterparts in the rest of the world asking them about a strange problem a local ISP had noticed. The ISP said one of the main DNS root servers, called the I Root Server and operated in Sweden, was directing visitors endeavoring to access up to 30 different sites, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to servers in China. Because people were being redirected to China, they ended up behind the Great Firewall of China.

It's no secret that China has changed DNS routing information to redirect users of censored services to government-run servers instead of sites such as Facebook and Twitter, however, ComputerWorld reports that this is the first public disclosure that those route have leaked outside of China. Citing Danny McPherson, a chief security officer with Arbor Networks, CW reports that the rerouting was probably an accident. McPherson says the ISP that used the bad routes probably misconfigured its BGP (Border Gateway Protocol) system.

"I don't think it was done intentionally," he told ComputerWorld. "This is an example of how easy it is for this information to be contaminated or corrupted or leaked out beyond the boundaries of what it was supposed to be."

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    starhoof , March 26, 2010 12:58 PM
    And this is how Google war I began
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    ikefu , March 26, 2010 1:15 PM
    We need a virus that reroutes China's traffic to US servers.

    Oh the horror when the Chinese people will be free to surf youtube and watch videos of Lolcatz! Chinese stability will be doomed!!!
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    Gulli , March 26, 2010 1:15 PM
    Meanwhile our politicians (American, European and Down Under alike) are still addicted to kissing Chinese butt...
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  • 30 Hide
    starhoof , March 26, 2010 12:58 PM
    And this is how Google war I began
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    mayne92 , March 26, 2010 1:03 PM
    starhoofAnd this is how Google war I began

    what? lol

    This doesn't surprise me really...
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    Anonymous , March 26, 2010 1:07 PM
    Just another display of Chinese arrogance and attacks against US companies. I hope this is a wake up call to all those who think doing business in China is a good idea. Maybe we ought to think about doing business in India,Thailand,Philippines or even again in the USA. What is funny to me is American companies are moving to China to take advantage of the reduced cost but Chinese companies are starting to build factories in the USA to promote their products. Seems like a contradiction. If Chinese companies can move here and manufacture their products in the USA why can't US companies do the same? The world needs to step up to the China threat and start taking it seriously!
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    JohnnyLucky , March 26, 2010 1:09 PM
    If I'm not mistaken this isn't the first time for strange rerouting.
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    rollerdisco , March 26, 2010 1:12 PM
    JohnnyLuckyIf I'm not mistaken this isn't the first time for strange rerouting.

    I think your right, they were probably hacked too.
  • 27 Hide
    ikefu , March 26, 2010 1:15 PM
    We need a virus that reroutes China's traffic to US servers.

    Oh the horror when the Chinese people will be free to surf youtube and watch videos of Lolcatz! Chinese stability will be doomed!!!
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    Gulli , March 26, 2010 1:15 PM
    Meanwhile our politicians (American, European and Down Under alike) are still addicted to kissing Chinese butt...
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    Tomtompiper , March 26, 2010 1:20 PM
    MMMMMM... Chinese butt. Lolllllllllll......
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    Pei-chen , March 26, 2010 1:22 PM
    LOL, another Jane's best.

    BTW, did you guys understand the article? Outside ISPs misrouted their traffic to China, not the other way around. When you log on to your ISP in the US, you don’t automatically end up in China. Your ISP has to route your connection to China first.
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    digiex , March 26, 2010 1:23 PM
    It seems that the world wide web has a life of its own, or it it really evolving into a new type of life form.
  • 12 Hide
    IncinX , March 26, 2010 1:36 PM
    On March 26, 2010 SkyNet became self aware. It started without warning and disrupted world wide communications. This was but the first wave in a series of attacks.
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    CTT , March 26, 2010 1:42 PM
    pei-chen, DNS cache poisoning, think is what its called, someone submits updated DNS entries with incorrect addresses to redirect traffic. Not out of the realm of reality based on what China has already hacked, to think they could have done something like this.
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    viewwin , March 26, 2010 1:56 PM
    Maybe we need jumpers or some type of physical switch on routers to adjust settings.
  • 12 Hide
    figgus , March 26, 2010 2:26 PM
    von deathHas Google really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?


    Say what?
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    bogcotton , March 26, 2010 2:32 PM
    figgusSay what?


    I'm trying, really hard to translate this.

    I think he/she means.

    Has google gone so far as to even want to look like they are doing more?
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    Abrahm , March 26, 2010 2:37 PM
    von deathHas Google really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?

    But with then Google does even else China where if let's fighting love.
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    hang-the-9 , March 26, 2010 2:46 PM
    von deathHas Google really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?


    This is what you get when you text too much and then try to write a real sentence.
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    STravis , March 26, 2010 3:55 PM
    Egads!!! There's a lot of China in the news lately...seems like they're always up to something!
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    aford10 , March 26, 2010 4:04 PM
    So others got a little taste of the censorship that China has forced on their citizens. I wonder how they liked it?
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