Google outage pushed traffic through Russia, China and Nigeria – CNET


Google suffered a short outage on Monday.

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Google suffered a brief outage and slowdown on Monday, with some of its traffic getting 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 internet research group ThousandEyes.

“This incident at a minimum caused a massive denial of service to G Suite and Google Search,” wrote Ameet Naik, ThousandEyes’ technical marketing manager, 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.

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Applications like Gmail and Google Drive don’t appear to have been affected, but 9to5Google reported that YouTube users experienced some slowdown.

Google noted that the issue was resolved and said it would conduct an internal investigation.

“We’re aware that a portion of internet traffic was affected by incorrect routing of IP addresses, and access to some Google services was impacted,” a company spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

“The root cause of the issue was external to Google and there was no compromise of Google services.”

The company doesn’t believe the incident was malicious, it told The Wall Street Journal.

Nigeria’s MainOne said Tuesday the outage was caused by “an error during a planned network upgrade.”

“The error was corrected within 74mins & processes put in place to avoid reoccurrence,” it tweeted.

Facebook also suffered a 40-minute outage on Monday, but the social network attributed that to “a routine test.”

First published at 5:41 a.m. PT.
Updated at 9:07 a.m. PT: Adds MainOne explanation.

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