Google services disrupted by routing error
Google’s services were disrupted briefly on Thursday after a broadband provider in India made a network routing error.
The provider, Hathway, made a technical change that caused traffic to more than 300 network prefixes belonging to Google to be directed to its own network, wrote Doug Madory, director of Internet analysis at Dyn, which studies global traffic patterns.
This type of error is seen daily across the internet. It involves BGP (border gateway protocol), which is used by networking equipment to direct traffic between different providers. Changes in the network are “announced” by providers using BGP, and propagate across the internet to other providers over time.