CBS News reports that U.S. government and military Internet traffic was redirected through Chinese servers for 18 minutes in April. That's according to a U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission report scheduled to be released today.
The report states, according to Sify News, that a total of 15 percent of the world's Internet traffic was "hijacked" by China Telecom. While the motive of the attack is not known, there are "a number of serious implications" for cyber security, says the report.
This level of access could enable surveillance of specific users or sites. It could disrupt a data transaction and prevent a user from establishing a connection with a site. It could even allow a diversion of data to somewhere that the user did not intend.
Fox News notes that China Telecom is denying the allegations that it hijacked Internet traffic.