posted on Dec, 7 2013 @ 07:46 AM
I don't really know too much about this subject, but having had some education in computer programming, particularly COBOL, I'm well aware that any
system can be hacked into and I have always had an adversion to internet banking as a result.
So perhaps my paranoia is unfounded, but this article makes me think twice
In 2008, two security researchers at the DefCon hacker conference demonstrated a massive security vulnerability in the worldwide internet
traffic-routing system — a vulnerability so severe that it could allow intelligence agencies, corporate spies or criminals to intercept massive
amounts of data, or even tamper with it on the fly. The traffic hijack, they showed, could be done in such a way that no one would notice because the
attackers could simply re-route the traffic to a router they controlled, then forward it to its intended destination once they were done with it,
leaving no one the wiser about what had occurred. Now, five years later, this is exactly what has happened.
"The stakes are potentially enormous, since once data is hijacked, the perpetrator can copy and then comb through any unencrypted data freely —
reading email and spreadsheets, extracting credit card numbers, and capturing vast amounts of sensitive information."
Hijacked traffic went all the way to Iceland, where it may have been copied before being released to its intended destination. The green arrows show
the path the traffic should have traveled; the red arrows show the path it took.
Map showing the long and winding path taken by traffic headed from Chicago to Iran. The green route represents the normal route the traffic takes; the
red route is the hijacked route it took through Belarus.