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Google outage pushed traffic through Russia, China and Nigeria

CNet – Traffic got rerouted Monday through ISPs in countries known for internet surveillance. “Google suffered a brief outage and slowdown on Monday, with some of its traffic being rerouted through networks in Russia, China and Nigeria. Incorrect routing instructions sent some of the search giant’s traffic to Russian network operator TransTelekom, China Telecom and Nigerian provider MainOne between 1:00 p.m. and 2:23 p.m. PT, according to ThousandEyes, an internet research group.

“This incident at a minimum caused a massive denial of service to G Suite and Google Search,” Ameet Naik, ThousandEyes’ technical marketing manager, wrote in a blog post. “However, this also put valuable Google traffic in the hands of ISPs in countries with a long history of Internet surveillance…”

See also Reuters – Nigerian firm takes blame for routing Google traffic through China

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