BGP hijacking to steal bitcoins

Stephane Bortzmeyer bortzmeyer at
Fri Aug 8 08:43:05 UTC 2014

Good report (although I do not understand why they hide the name of
the offending ISP since anyone can see it in RouteViews, or in its own
BGP traffic). It's ordinary BGP hijacking but the goal is new:
stealing bitcoins since the connections inside the mining pool are not

Here is an example in RouteViews at LINX, for (among others) the OVH
prefix (bitcoin pool Hashfaster). This route was
withdrawn at 18:35:08.

TIME: 03/23/14 18:32:38                                                                                    
TYPE: BGP4MP/MESSAGE/Update                                                                                
FROM: AS6939                                                                                 
TO: AS6447                                                                                  
ORIGIN: IGP                                                                                                
ASPATH: 6939 21548 34272 2093 2871 3721                                                                    

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