AFOL-KE and Above.net

It looks like there was another bad BGP announcement over the weekend.  This time, a 24-bit network belonging to the country of Kenya was being advertised by Above.net.  The heart of the problem is the same as it was with the YouTube problem a few weeks ago:  someone who wasn’t authoritative for a network began advertising routes to that network.

While this issue didn’t have nearly the impact that the YouTube incident had, just ask the people in Kenya who were offline for several hours while things were broken.  It’s just another item to add to your list of reasons that BGP needs to be fixed.

Aaron Conaway

I shake my head around sometimes and see what falls out. That's what lands on these pages.

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