Through a new attack security professionals were able to hijack hackers online activity at Defcon. Tony Kapela and Alex Pilosov, the people who found the vulnerability, were using a man-in-the-middle attack to capture the traffic of the hackers.
The attack itself relies on a global vulnerability in the routing protocol. The networks around the world trust each other and therein lies the vulnerability. A hacker can hijack traffic to and from websites of choice by adding enough numbers to computer addresses to have his or her network automatically deemed the best path for the data.
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