U.S. Facebook Traffic Detoured Through China

A sizable amount of network traffic including Facebook surfers was re-routed from an AT&T line in the U.S. through Chinanet. Some believe this was a deliberate rerouting by the Chinese government, which has blocked its citizens from accessing the social network for about two years.

A few days ago, security blogger Barret Lyon noted that a sizable amount of network traffic, including Facebook usage, was re-routed from an AT&T line in the U.S. through Chinanet. Lyon asserted that the re-routing was an accident, but other security experts believe that it was a deliberate re-routing by the Chinese government, which has blocked its citizens from accessing Facebook for several years.

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