The Internet becomes a fairly dangerous part day by day and especially for those who use it from third party applications. The latest bad news is that the largest and most widely used free public DNS (Domain name system) Google yesterday became hijacked.
DNS is the list of Internet addresses, which translates into IP addresses in readable form and vice versa. According to BGPmon, which tracks changes to the internet, Google's DNS server 22.214.171.124 / 32 has been hijacked yesterday for 22 minutes.
Google's DNS server handles about 150 billion queries a day, and during the 22 minutes of piracy, millions of Internet users were heading to Latin America, Venezuela and Brazil.
The hackers exploited a known vulnerability of the so-called Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), which is used to exchange data between major service providers, and hijacking allowed attackers to change and direct traffic to a router already it was theirs.
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The BGP attack is a man-in-the-middle attack on a larger scale and more difficult to detect, as the traffic is still reaching its legal destination. The attack was first reported by two security investigators - Tony Kapela and Alex Pilosov, according to The Hacker News.
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