China Telecom has been blamed for causing an incident that led to 15 per cent of worldwide internet traffic to be redirected through Chinese servers earlier this year.
Reuters reports that a large proportion of global internet traffic, including information from the US Department of Defense and other government and commercial websites, was routed through Chinese servers for at least 18 minutes in April.
According to a new security brief, major allegations were levelled against China Telecom, a major state-owned Chinese telecom service provider. China Telecom denied any involvement in hijacking the internet.
The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission report said that in the 18 minute hijack drama any malicious activity could have taken place and that data could have easily have been copied or changed during this time.
The intention of the attack is so far unclear but it poses a serious question about internet security and how to prevent such occurrences in the future.
This incident was the biggest recorded case of internet re-routing yet.