The transfer on the internet, which diverted data traffic to Russia and China, affected several Google services on Monday, including search and storage in the cloud.
The interruption in the service lasted almost two hours and ended around 5:30 a.m., said US Eastern Time, a network monitoring company. Besides Russian and Chinese telecommunications companies, Nigerian internet providers are also involved.
Google confirmed the shortcomings on its network status page on Monday, but only said it believed it was "external to Google". The company does not provide additional comments.
The method used, officially known as IP address hijacking (BPG), can knock out important services and facilitate financial espionage and theft. Most of the traffic on Google's service network – 94% until 27 October – is encrypted, which protects against espionage.
Alex Henthorn-Iwane, an executive at the ThousandEyes network and intelligence company, said it was the worst incident against Google that had been seen by his company.
He said he suspected the possibility of nation-state participation because traffic landed effectively at the China Telecom company, which was run by the Chinese government. The latest study conducted by US experts at the Naval War College and Tel Aviv University noted that China systematically hijacked and diverted Internet traffic from the United States.
Most of the principles of the Internet are based on trust, inheritance from designers who assume the good intentions of users. One consequence: You can't do much if a nation state or someone with access to a large internet service provider decides to divert traffic.
The Henthorn-Iwane said that this case could be evidence of theft's ability.
In two recent cases, similar transfers affected the financial site. In April 2017, one of them was hit by Mastercard, Visa and other sites. Last April, another kidnapping facilitated digital coin theft.
The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
ThousandEyes identified the company involved in the incident on Monday, in addition to China Telecom, Russian Internet provider Transtelecom and Nigerian Internet service provider MainOne.
USA / AP