Google services temporarily disrupted after traffic rerouted through China, Russia

Google services temporarily disrupted after traffic rerouted through China, Russia
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Google services temporarily went down on Monday after the site’s traffic was routed through other networks, including some in China and Russia.

Traffic intended for Google addresses was rerouted to Russian network operator TransTelekom, China's Telecom Corp. and Nigerian provider MainOne, according to the internet research firm ThousandEyes.

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“This incident at a minimum caused a massive denial of service to G Suite and Google Search," ThousandEyes Ameet Naik wrote in a post. "However, this also put valuable Google traffic in the hands of ISPs in countries with a long history of Internet surveillance."

It's unclear why traffic was rerouted through China and Russia.

A Google spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal that the company’s systems had not been compromised, noting that most of its traffic is encrypted and would face little risk if breached.

Facebook also endured a brief, unrelated outage on Monday, which it said was the result of a “routine test.”