Google data for search and cloud services went astray for more than an hour on Monday thanks to an “ugly” mistake by an African ISP.
The data was sent the wrong way when MainOne Cable, in Nigeria, updated address books for key network hardware.
The update saw it claim to be the best way to reach millions of Google net addresses. The mistake spread to other networks and led to Google traffic travelling via China and Russia.
In a tweet, MainOne said the mistake had been made during a “planned network upgrade”.
It added: “The error was corrected within 74 minutes and processes put in place to avoid reoccurrence.”
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