Feeds

Indosat fat-thumbs route announcements (again)

Networks go dark on AS4761 'hijack'

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Indosat has made an unknown number of networks – in the thousands according to BGPmon, but possibly more – unreachable by announcing itself as their route.

The mis-announcement took place sometime close to midnight (UMT) on April 2, with this message kicking off an ongoing thread at Seclists complaining about their routes being 'hijacked'.

Many of the posters to that thread have also complained that Indosat isn't responding to their attempts to tell it about the problem.

BGPMon Tweeted that the route announcement has affected more than 320,000 prefixes.

As noted by BGPmon, Indosat has form for route announcement hijacks. In 2011 it made a similar mistake, announcing itself as originating “approximately 2800 new unique prefixes of 824 unique Autonomous systems, whereas normally they originate approximately 100 prefixes.”

Renesys posted a Tweet saying the global impact would be far less than the 320,000 prefixes: only 354 of the prefixes leaked by Indosat are seen globally, it said, with 104 of those belonging to Akamai.

While some erronious route announcements are deliberate – such as Turkey, where earlier this week ISPs announced Google's 8.8.8.8 DNS resolver as their own address to disrupt citizens' access to banned services like YouTube and Twitter – the Indosat hijack is more likely an egregious error. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
'Serious flaws in the Vertigan report' says broadband boffin
Report 'fails reality test' , is 'simply wrong' and offers ''convenient' justification for FTTN says Rod Tucker
This flashlight app requires: Your contacts list, identity, access to your camera...
Who us, dodgy? Vast majority of mobile apps fail privacy test
Apple Watch will CONQUER smartwatch world – analysts
After Applelocalypse, other wristputers will get stuck in
Shades of Mannesmann: Vodafone should buy T-Mobile US
Biting the bullet would let Blighty-based biz flip the bird at AT&T
Drag queens: Oh, don't be so bitchy, Facebook! Let us use our stage names
Handbags at dawn over free content ad network's ID policy
Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars
Symbian's David Wood bares all. Not for the faint hearted
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.