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Route-Injection Attacks Detouring Internet Traffic

msm1267 (2804139) writes | about 8 months ago


msm1267 (2804139) writes "Attackers are using route injection attacks against BGP-speaking routers to insert additional hops in the traffic stream, redirecting traffic to third-party locations where it can be inspected before it’s sent to its destination.
Internet intelligence company Renesys has detected close to 1,500 IP address blocks that have been hijacked on more than 60 days this year, a disturbing trend that indicates attackers could finally have an increased interest in weaknesses inherent in core Internet infrastructure."

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Eyes open please... (1)

niftymitch (1625721) | about 8 months ago | (#45477091)

This is an important topic.... It seems to me that
routes should not be quite as fluid as some tools
let them be.

For major parts of the Internet there is not going to be
some magical appearance of fiber between key hubs.

It seems that encryption and "sticky" routing are going to be
a necessary component of the future Internet. At a
largish computer company decades ago it was just too
easy to add a second link to a machine or add a bridge
from hither to yon that while "closer" was slower.

In an attempt to gain stability we locked down
most routing resources and placed small workstations
in each closet to allow inspection. Those that needs
to look had accounts to look but not change. This meant
that debugging could happen from both ends and an
open ticket was often solution based not just "fix it"....
what ever it was.

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