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China did not hijack 15% of the Net, counters researcher - Computerworld

Talk that China hijacked 15% of the Internet earlier this year is overblown, a researcher said today.

"There's been some confusion over routing versus traffic," Craig Labovitz, chief scientist at Arbor Networks, said in an interview today. "While maybe 10% to 15% of the routes to other peers may have been diverted, a lot of those routes didn't propagate."

Instead of the widely-reported 15%, Labovitz estimated that the actual amount of Internet traffic affected by the April 2010 incident was much lower, on the order of just 0.015%....

Labowitz was reacting to media reports, many of which he said got it wrong, on the disclosure this week by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission that for 18 minutes on April 8, a significant portion of the Internet's destinations were routed through servers belonging to China Telecom....

But routes do not equal traffic, argued Labovitz....

"There was no statistically significant increase in traffic [through China Telecom] due to the hijack," said Labowitz. "Most of the re-routing [propagation] didn't make it very far."