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Google Probing ‘Malicious’ Attack on its Internet Traffic

Google told the Wall Street Journal that users' data was not compromised, adding that "and that the company has no reason to believe that the incident was malicious"

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After several users complained that they were either unable to access Google services like YouTube on Tuesday, the tech giant confirmed the root cause of this was “external” and under investigation.

Internet research firm ThousandEyes, however, claimed that “traffic to certain Google destinations appears to be routed through an ISP in Russia and black-holed at a China Telecom gateway router”.


The disruption in Google services was limited to nearly an hour.

“Throughout the duration of this issue Google services were operating as expected and we believe the root cause of the issue was external to Google,” the company said.

“We will conduct an internal investigation of this issue and make appropriate improvements to our systems to help prevent or minimize future recurrence.”

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According to media reports, G Suite applications like Gmail and Google Drive were not impacted.

Google described the issue as “Google Cloud IP addresses being erroneously advertised by internet service providers other than Google”.

ThousandEyes named China Telecom, Nigerian-provider MainOne and Russian network operator TransTelekom behind this incident.

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“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,” ThousandEyes tweeted.

Google told the Wall Street Journal that users’ data was not compromised, adding that “and that the company has no reason to believe that the incident was malicious”. (IANS)

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Club Factory App Becomes Most Installed App on Google Play Store

According to mobile app intelligence firm Sensor Tower, the data takes into account unique app installs

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India witnessed the largest number of Club Factory installs on Google Play Store, said the company. Pixbay

E-commerce player Club Factory has become the most installed app globally on Google Play Store in the “Shopping” category in September with close to 13.8 million installs, new data showed on Wednesday.

According to mobile app intelligence firm Sensor Tower, the data takes into account unique app installs.

“Our rapid adoption in India has also made Club Factory the most downloaded shopping app on the Android platform globally. We are also witnessing strong volume growth during the ongoing Diwali sale this year,” Vincent Lou, Founder and CEO, Club Factory, said in a statement.

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E-commerce player Club Factory has become the most installed app globally on Google Play Store in the “Shopping” category. Pixabay

India witnessed the largest number of Club Factory installs, said the company.

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“Our strategy to waive off commission fees for the sellers offers a fair marketplace where both sellers and buyers are benefited,” said Lou. (IANS)