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Demonstration Reveals Net Superattack to be Very, Very Real
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 28 August 2008 10:39

Two security researchers demonstrate 'Net vulnerability
Tom Corelis (Blog) - August 28, 2008 8:02 AM

A pair of security researchers recently demonstrated that a theoretical attack possible against the internet’s most embedded infrastructure can, in fact, be very real.

The attack exploits normal behavior in the internet routing protocol BGP, which ISPs use to determine how best to route traffic destined for other parts of the internet. If an attacker is positioned correctly – which means, generally, that he either has control of an ISP’s routing equipment, has found a way to intercept and alter another ISP’s BGP traffic, or has found an ISP that doesn’t filter internal BGP traffic originating from someplace other than its routing equipment – he can use the protocol to trick the internet’s routers into diverting traffic to his network, making it available for snooping or man-in-the-middle alteration, all before it reaches its destination.   [Comments...]


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