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The internet navigates treacherous waters this week as a cyber incident at Spanish telecom giant Orange raises concerns about the integrity of online pathways.

Malicious actors, utilizing malware, infiltrated Orange’s account with the Regional Internet Registry (RIPE NCC), potentially enabling them to reroute internet traffic across Spain. This incident highlights the vulnerability of our interconnected digital world and the critical role robust cybersecurity plays in ensuring its smooth sailing.

Hijacking the Highway:

The Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) serves as the internet’s central nervous system, directing traffic flow between networks. By gaining access to Orange’s RIPE NCC account, the attackers could manipulate BGP routing tables, potentially rerouting internet traffic through their own channels. This could have resulted in:

  • Disruptions in service: Users might have experienced slower internet speeds, website outages, or difficulty accessing certain online resources.
  • Data interception: Malicious actors could have intercepted sensitive data passing through the rerouted traffic, exposing personal information or compromising financial transactions.
  • Cyberattacks: The hijacked routes could have been used to launch further attacks on other targets within the network.

Malware Anchors the Attack:

While the full extent of the attack and the attackers’ identity remain under investigation, early reports suggest malware played a key role in gaining access to Orange’s RIPE NCC account. This highlights the importance of robust malware detection and prevention systems, both on organizational and individual levels.

Navigating the Digital Seas:

This incident serves as a stark reminder of the vulnerability of our online infrastructure and the constant need for vigilance. Here are some crucial steps to navigate the ever-changing digital landscape:

  • Organizations: Employ multi-factor authentication for sensitive accounts, implement BGP route monitoring and validation systems, and conduct regular security audits.
  • Individuals: Practice strong password hygiene, update software regularly, be wary of suspicious emails and links, and invest in reliable antivirus and anti-malware solutions.
  • Global Collaboration: International cooperation and information sharing among cybersecurity agencies and internet service providers are vital for identifying and mitigating such threats.


The BGP hijack at Orange reminds us that the internet is not a sea without storms. While the immediate threat may have subsided, the incident leaves a ripple of concern in its wake. By prioritizing cybersecurity, fostering proactive defense mechanisms, and collaborating on a global scale, we can chart a course towards a more secure and resilient online future. Let us remember, in the digital ocean, vigilance is the compass, and collaboration the wind in our sails.

Ouaissou DEMBELE
Ouaissou DEMBELEhttps://cybercory.com
Ouaissou DEMBELE is an accomplished cybersecurity professional and the Editor-In-Chief of cybercory.com. He has over 10 years of experience in the field, with a particular focus on Ethical Hacking, Data Security & GRC. Currently, Ouaissou serves as the Co-founder & Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Saintynet, a leading provider of IT solutions and services. In this role, he is responsible for managing the company's cybersecurity strategy, ensuring compliance with relevant regulations, and identifying and mitigating potential threats, as well as helping the company customers for better & long term cybersecurity strategy. Prior to his work at Saintynet, Ouaissou held various positions in the IT industry, including as a consultant. He has also served as a speaker and trainer at industry conferences and events, sharing his expertise and insights with fellow professionals. Ouaissou holds a number of certifications in cybersecurity, including the Cisco Certified Network Professional - Security (CCNP Security) and the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), ITIL. With his wealth of experience and knowledge, Ouaissou is a valuable member of the cybercory team and a trusted advisor to clients seeking to enhance their cybersecurity posture.


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