Quick fix for an early Internet problem lives on a quarter-century later | The Washington Post

The honor systemHijackings have become routine events that even experts struggle to explain: What made traffic between two computers in Denver take a 7,000-mile detour through Iceland? How could a single Pakistani company crash YouTube? Why did potentially sensitive Pentagon data once flow through Beijing?To these questions, there are technical answers. But they all boil down to this fact: BGP runs on the honor system, allowing data to get pushed and pulled across the planet in curious ways, at the behest of mysterious masters.

Source: Quick fix for an early Internet problem lives on a quarter-century later | The Washington Post

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