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Internet Hijack Levels Grossly Overestimated

Arbor Networks : 22 November, 2010  (Technical Article)
Arbor Networks specialist believes that the Chinese internet hijacking claims have been over-estimated by an order of magnitude
The contents of a US China Economic and Security Review Commission report have been widely reported over the last two days due the presence of an alarming statistic claiming that China 'hijacked' 15% of the internet for 18 minutes in April.

Arbor Networks chief scientist Craig Labovitz uses data from ATLAS to analyse this claim and finds the reality to be a very different story.

"Any corruption of DNS or global routing data (whatever the motive) is a cause of significant concern and reiterates the need for routing and DNS security. But in an industry crowded with security marketing and hype, it is important we limit the hyperbole and keep the discussion focused around the legitimate long-term infrastructure security threats and focused on technical realities.

ATLAS data from 80 carriers around the world shows no statistically significant increase due to the hijack on April 14, 2010.

While traffic may have increased slightly to the Chinese Internet provider, I'd estimate traffic never topped 1Gbps. And an Internet quickly approaching 80Tbps, 1Gbps of traffic is far from 15% (much closer to 0.015%)."
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