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Google has been hit by network issues, apparently due to hijacking of the Border Gateway Protocol by attackers, and diverting traffic away from its intended route.

The ongoing problem is causing issues for Google Cloud customers, according to British security researcher Kevin Beaumont.

Beaumont said the problem appeared to have been caused by a small African ISP that announced itself as a few hundred Google networks.

About 9.30am AEDT (2.26pm Pacific time), Google said on its cloud status page, "Connectivity issues connecting to Google services including Google APIs, Load balancers, instances and other external IP addresses.

The networking intelligence platform Thousand Eyes tweeted: "Potential hijack underway. ThousandEyes detected intermittent availability issues to Google services from some locations.

"Traffic to certain Google destinations appears to be routed through an ISP in Russia & black-holed at a China Telecom gateway router."

BGP hijacking occurs when groups of IP addresses are taken over by entities that corrupt Internet routing tables maintained using the BGP.

A week ago, Oracle's Internet Intelligence division issued a research paper that accused China Telecom, one of the country's bigger state-owned ISPs, of hijacking and re-routing Internet traffic.

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