China's Net Connectivity Goes Dark, Censorship Tech to Blame?
by Karl Bode 02:25PM Wednesday Jan 22 2014 Tipped by FastEddie CNN reports
that the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), a state-run department, blamed a "malfunction in root servers" for a massive, 8 hour Internet failure that occurred on Tuesday across the giant country. Security analysts quoted by the official Xinhua news agency said this could have been the result of a cyber attack by hackers -- though this has yet to be proven.
The New York Times
notes that whatever happened, much of China's Internet traffic was instead amusingly routed to a small, 1,700-square-foot house in Cheyenne, Wyoming:
The China Internet Network Information Center, a state-run agency that deals with Internet affairs, said it had traced the problem to the country’s domain name system...Those servers, which act as a switchboard for Internet traffic behind China’s Great Firewall, routed traffic from some of China’s most popular sites, including Baidu and Sina, to a block of Internet addresses registered to Sophidea Incorporated, a mysterious company housed on a residential street in Cheyenne, Wyo.
While speculation was originally focused on hackers or cyberattacks, the Times notes that speculation has since shifted to a problem caused by China's massive Internet censorship systems.