Some Twitter traffic briefly funneled through Russian ISP, thanks to BGP mishap

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Some Internet traffic in and out of Twitter on Monday was briefly funneled through Russia after a major ISP in that country misconfigured the Internet’s routing table, network monitoring services said.

The mishap lasted for about 45 minutes before RTCOMM, a leading ISP in Russia, stopped advertising its network as the official way for other ISPs to connect to the widely used Twitter IP addresses. Even before RTCOMM dropped the announcement, safeguards prevented most large ISPs from abiding by the routing directive.

A visualization of what the event looked like is illustrated on this page from BGPStream.

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