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[ NNSquad ] Chinese Internet Traffic Redirected to Small Wyoming Building

Chinese Internet Traffic Redirected to Small Wyoming Building

http://j.mp/1dQ7DlQ  (New York Times)

    "In one of the more bizarre twists in recent Internet memory, much
     of the Internet traffic in China was redirected to a mysterious
     company in Cheyenne, Wyo., on Tuesday.  A large portion of
     China's 500 million Internet users were unable to load websites
     ending in .com, .net or .org for nearly eight hours in most
     regions of China, according to Compuware, a Detroit-based
     technology company.  The China Internet Network Information
     Center, a state-run agency that deals with Internet affairs, said
     it had traced the problem to the country's domain name system.
     And one of China's biggest antivirus software vendors, Qihoo 360
     Technology, said the problems affected roughly three-quarters of
     the country's domain name system servers ... routed traffic from
     some of China's most popular sites, including Baidu and Sina, to
     a block of Internet addresses registered to Sophidea
     Incorporated, a mysterious company that - until last year - was
     housed on a residential street in Cheyenne, and moved to a
     two-story building last year ... That address - which was home to
     some 2,000 companies on paper - was the subject of a lengthy 2011
     Reuters investigation that found that among the entities
     registered to the address were a shell company controlled by a
     jailed former Ukraine prime minister; the owner of a company
     charged with helping online poker operators evade an Internet
     gambling ban; and one entity that was banned from government
     contracts after selling counterfeit truck parts to the Pentagon."

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