The report quoted a submission from Arbor Networks' CSO Danny McPherson that the intention of the attack could have been to hide an unknown targeted attack.
None of this will be easy to fix but a greater emphasis can be put on BGP monitoring to spot such issues before they get to a damaging level.
In the US, headlines will project yet another US-China Internet security confrontation but this event should be put into some context. It is covered by only a few paragraphs around page 250 of a wide-ranging congressional report that is nevertheless reluctant to lay the blame directly at the feet of the Chinese government.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry has reportedly refused to comment on the matter.