For the last week or so I have been experiencing major connection issues with certain media sites, site that I have to access for work. This seemed to
only be happening at certain times of the day, kicking in at about 16:00 or so (GMT) and only affected certain sites.
For example, a media site that I work with has a secure content management system that I need to access to complete my work, and this is not
functioning for several hours a day. While other media sites such as YouTube and DailyMotion are fine.
After looking into this yesterday, it seems I am not the only one, and many more across the UK (and potentially Europe too) are experiencing the same
My service is provided by BE (as the wholesaler) and someone with a little more tech knowledge than me looked into this.
It seems that, for an unknown reason and without explanation, UK and European traffic is now being diverted to the USA, before returning to Europe.
BE Usergroup Site
Bytemark support say: "It looks a bit like BE have turned off their LINX peering, and now the traffic is going via level3 (and america for some
BE seem as surprised about this as others are if this is their official line. They're asking for any other strange activity to be reported on the
user forum too.
More info when we have it. Any other reports if strange pings or problems please post it to the BE forum.
Forgive me if I have presented anything incorrectly, I'm not a techy person. But from what I have gathered, it looks as though the US is directly
diverting the traffic of private service providers across Europe through America for a specific reason. I don't know if this is possible without
permission, or whether they have just created an agreement with providers around Europe, but whatever the explanation this is a worrying
This is directly affecting a lot of people, with some gaming and media sites rendered basically unusable. There are customers of the end suppliers
threatening to leave in droves, and no one seems to really be talking about it or explaining what has happened.
So what are your views? Has the US basically hacked Europe in an effort to steal and monitor more traffic?