[#135346] Unauthorized BGP Announcements (follow up to Hijacked Networks)

Hal Murray hmurray at megapathdsl.net
Wed Feb 1 10:12:19 UTC 2012

I'm not a lawyer nor an operator.

> Imagine that instead of www.google.com, it was www.whitehouse.gov

> At some point, I suspect that this gets service to get it fixed RIGHT NOW.
> At some point, the guys informing you it's RIGHT NOW show up with badges.

Where is Milo Medin when we need him?

> The question is, when is it badges?  It can be construed as a denial of
> service attack on the addresses' rightful owners.  They will respond to any
> major government site being hijacked.  Probably to Apple or Google.  Likely
> to a Tier-1 ISPs internal infrastructure. 

How long should it take to fix a problem like this?

Why didn't one of the players upstream from the bad guy pull their plug or 
drop the bogus announcement?  Why didn't any of the players between the first 
upstream and the tier 1s apply pressure?

Do existing contracts cover this case?  If not, what needs to be fixed?  Is a 
RFC needed so the lawyers have something to reference?

Would a session to discuss this at a NANOG gathering help?

> a) law enforcement doesn't understand the problem. and b) the law moves
> very slowly. 

It might be a good idea to make sure that somebody in law enforcement does 
understands what happened here so they can think about what who needs to do 
what the next time something like this happens.  (Make sure that operators 
know how to get in touch with somebody who knows.)

These are my opinions, not necessarily my employer's.  I hate spam.

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