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  • October 21st, 2020

    Lumen aka CenturyLink is generating routing incidents via former Level3 network, again

    AS203, belonging to what was formerly known as "Level3", acquired by "CenturyLink" in 2016, latter rebranded as "Lumen" in 2020, is a frequent visitor within the incident reports of the Qrator.Radar team. We are not here to blame anyone, but such occurrence of routing incidents for a single organization is worrying - we hope this article would help you to understand how even a small event could reach enormous impact with specific prerequisites met.


  • September 30th, 2020

    AS1221 hijacking 266 ASNs in 51 countries

    On Tuesday, September 29, 2020 AS1221 - Telstra announced 472 prefixes in a BGP hijack event that affected 266 other ASNs in 50 countries, with the most damage rendered to the U.S. and UK based networks. Worldwide it affected more than 1680 IPv4 prefixes, creating almost 2000 path challenge conflicts.


  • September 10th, 2020

    The 2020 National Internet Segment Reliability Research

    The National Internet Segment Reliability Research explains how the outage of a single Autonomous System might affect the connectivity of the impacted region with the rest of the world. Most of the time, the most critical AS in the region is the dominant ISP on the market, but not always.

    As the number of alternate routes between AS’s increases (and do not forget that the Internet stands for “interconnected network” - and each network is an AS), so does the fault-tolerance and stability of the Internet across the globe. Although some paths are from the beginning more important than others, establishing as many alternate routes as possible is the only viable way to ensure an adequately robust network.

    The global connectivity of any given AS, regardless of whether it is an international giant or regional player, depends on the quantity and quality of its path to Tier-1 ISPs.

    Usually, Tier-1 implies an international company offering global IP transit service over connections with other Tier-1 providers. Nevertheless, there is no guarantee that such connectivity will be maintained all the time. For many ISPs at all “tiers”, losing connection to just one Tier-1 peer would likely render them unreachable from some parts of the world.


  • August 31st, 2020

    (Yet another one) CenturyLink BGP incident and the blinking Internet

    On Sunday, August 30, 2020, it all started with a simple question: “What’s happening?”
    Approximately around 10 UTC, the global Internet started experiencing a very specific state of connectivity - inside the network of one of the largest Tier-1 operators in the world, CenturyLink (primary AS3356), something bad was undoubtedly going on.


  • August 25th, 2020

    AS42910 leaking hundreds of prefixes, affecting Akamai and Western Asia region

    Yesterday, on August 24, 2020, Qrator.Radar BGP monitoring saw a rather large route leak originating from the AS42910 - Premier DC, containing 1403 prefixes mainly from the United States (571) and, peculiarly, Akamai. And then almost all the Western Asia region countries.


  • August 11th, 2020

    What is happening with the BY internet segment in terms of BGP and IPv4/IPv6

    Before we start investigating what is happening with the Internet within and outside of Belarus, let us quote a couple of sentences we are repeating in annual National Reliability Research & Report:

    “Strictly speaking, when the BGP and the world of interdomain routing were in the design stage, the creators assumed that every non-transit AS would have at least two upstream providers to guarantee fault tolerance in case one goes down. However, the reality is different; over 45% of ISP’s have only one connection to an upstream transit provider. A range of unconventional relationships among transit ISPs further reduces reliability. So, have transit ISPs ever failed? The answer is yes, and it happens with some frequency. The more appropriate question is — under what conditions would a particular ISP experience service degradation? If such problems seem unlikely, it may be worth considering Murphy’s Law: “Anything that can go wrong, will.”

    Why are we repeating this rather than start with the facts and timesteps as usual? Because this is precisely the case, from our point of view, with Belarus’ internet segment. Let us take a look at two diagrams representing a BGP network of Belarus a month ago, at the beginning of July 2020:


  • July 30th, 2020

    AS10990 and the peerless CDN combined with routing optimization tale

    On the border of July 29 and 30, depending on where in the world you were, a routing anomaly occurred. Following the NANOG question regarding what exactly was happening, Qrator.Radar team loaded the researching instruments and dived into the investigation. Nevertheless, before we start, let us take a general overview of that play's main actors. READ MORE →

  • July 21st, 2020

    264462 massive route leak

    In the morning of Tuesday, July 21 a Brazilian AS 264462 belonging to “Comercial Conecte Sem Fio Ltda me” as it is stated in the whois record for this particular ASN, leaked massive 13046 network prefixes in a networking incident that lasted for 1 hour and 23 minutes, starting at 9.15 UTC and ending at 10.38. READ MORE →

  • April 24th, 2020

    A different route leak species

    On April 23, 2020, an AS205310 leaked routes from one of its upstreams to another (from AS8220 to AS15943), affecting 90 000 prefixes. In some cases, such an incident could lead to massive network degradation across dozens of ISPs. However, it did not. Why? Because some companies install and maintain their filters properly. And even taking into regard the fact that AS15943 is directly connected to Tier-1 ISPs, they didn’t even notice the incorrect routes. They simply never reached Tier-1s, shrinking in size after each hop. READ MORE →

  • April 22nd, 2020

    AS263444 Hitting the headline again

    Today, on April 22, 2020, in the world of BGP routing, a thing that usually occurs in rare circumstances, happened. A year and 11 days ago, on April 11 2019, we wrote our first incident report about a thing that has never been observed before - a hijack by, with the highest probability, BGP optimizing software. Later that year, in summer, Cloudflare was brutally hit by the same type of incident. And today, a year after the first incident with AS263444 belonging to Open X Tecnologia Ltda, the same autonomous system… no, you guessed wrong. READ MORE →

  • April 6th, 2020

    Weekend route leak by AS7552

    On Sunday of April 5, 2020, only a few days after last week route leaks an AS7552 belonging to Viettel - according to Wikipedia the largest telecommunication service provider in Vietnam - was leaking routes for more than 3 hours in a row.
    The leak affected 4825 network prefixes from 326 operators, spreading from AS7552 upstreams: AS3491 and AS4637 towards AS1273 - Vodafone, which helped spread it to almost all major Tier-1 ISPs. Most of all Vietnamese, Cambodian and Australian networks were affected, with more than 25% of ISPs in the first two countries. READ MORE →

  • April 2nd, 2020

    This is how you deal with route leaks

    That, we must say, is the unique story so far.

    Here’s the beginning: for approximately an hour, starting at 19:28 UTC on April 1, 2020, the largest Russian ISP — Rostelecom (AS12389) — was announcing prefixes belonging to prominent internet players: Akamai, Cloudflare, Hetzner, Digital Ocean, Amazon AWS, and other famous names. READ MORE →

  • March 31st, 2020

    Serious Times — Serious Leaks

    At 17:13 UTC on March 31, 2020, the AS50048 (NEWREAL-AS) leaked, in total, 2658 IPv4 network prefixes to the Tier-2 transit provider Transtelecom. Those prefixes included Orange, Akamai, Rostelecom and more than 300 other companies’ networks.
    We strongly warn everyone that this would certainly not be the last serious incident during the coronavirus crisis. READ MORE →

  • February 7th, 2020

    Route leak by the big Russian carrier AS8359 (MTS)

    February 7, 2020 - one of the biggest carriers and ISPs in Russia - MTS - AS8359, created two route leaks involving prefixes belonging to such companies as Imperva, GCore, IPTP, Akamai and many others. MTS took those prefixes from HKIX (AS4635) and sent them to Level3 (AS3356) for further distribution. READ MORE →

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