China's internet rerouted to Wyoming
January 23 , 2014
People in China struggled with the Internet after the nation's web traffic surprisingly got rerouted to a building located in Wyoming.
According to Chinese authorities, a glitch in China's domain system is to blame for the mysterious redirection. However, analysts said the traffic went to Cheyenne after the nation's system backfired and redirected traffic to places it was supposed to block instead.
"I have never seen a bigger outage," an Internet analyst said. "Half of the world's Internet users trying to access the Internet couldn't."
The traffic was routed to an Internet address registered to Sophidea, which is a company based in the Wyoming building. The analyst mentioned that the immense amount of traffic must have crashed the company's servers in less than a millisecond.