An apparent espionage campaign was (apparently) a glitch.
What looked like a Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) hijacking campaign Monday seems to have been the result of error. Traffic from Google enterprise-focused services was routed inexplicably through Chinese and Russian ISPs apparently because of a fumbled upgrade, swiftly remediated, at Nigerian ISP Main One. The incident amounted to a denial-of-service condition for Google business users that lasted for a little less than an hour and a half (WIRED). Main One publicly acknowledged responsibility, and outlined how the issue arose. Not everyone is convinced. A Tel Aviv University researcher and co-author of a paper on BGP hijacking as an espionage threat, said it would be easy to misrepresent attacks as nothing more than errors (Reuters). So, probably an error, but also an instructive reminder of the security and availability issues surrounding BGP, and of the risk of hair-trigger attribution of cyberattacks.