China hijacks 15% of internet, inluding military data

Tuesday - 11/16/2010, 8:30am EST

China hijacked fifteen percent of Internet traffic across the globe. Nobody noticed, except for some cybersecurity experts. The Next Web is reporting that for 18 minutes in April, China's state-controlled telecommunications company hijacked fifteen percent of the world's Internet traffic, including data from U.S. military, civilian organizations and those of other U.S. allies.

They say that when your data is encrypted to shop or bank online, you assume that the only person Decrypting the data is the bank, or the store. But it turns out Apple, Microsoft, and other big companies can sign those security certificates and so can China.

So for a period of time last April China pulled targeted communications from U.S. sources, and there's no word on what happened to the data.

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