In what reads almost like a practical joke, the NYTimes reports that a huge portion of China’s 500 million internet users were re-routed to a small brick building in Cheyenne, Wyoming yesterday. You read that right. Somehow, a majority of Chinese internet traffic was routed to Wyoming. For eight hours. And no one is quite sure why.
The place where they were re-routed to is a brick building in Cheyenne. The building is the paper address for a number of fictitious companies, one of which is clearly the shell company for an internet proxy server business. That business hides your name or whereabouts on the web. They essentially make you anonymous.
In the Times article, one internet expert guessed that the screw up was not a cyber attack, but actually the result of Chinese censors own machinations backfiring on them. He suspects that the Golden Shield censors were trying to block the Wyoming proxy servers, but instead accidentally re-directed Chinese traffic to the proxy servers. Quite the mistake.
Me, I think Garrett Reilly did it. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.