Attacking Internet Border Routers – A Graph-Based Analysis of Strategies

30 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2018

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Benjamin Fabian

Humboldt University of Berlin

Stefan Kelkel

Humboldt University of Berlin

Tatiana Ermakova

University of Potsdam

Annika Baumann

Humboldt University of Berlin

Date Written: July 13, 2018

Abstract

The Internet has developed into a communication infrastructure of critical importance for global society and business. In this study, we analyze the impact of systematically attacking border routers and the resulting effects on global Internet connectivity at the autonomous-system level. For this, we simulate several malware-propagation strategies that disable border routers of leading manufacturers, and study their impact on a graph model of the Internet topology. Moreover, we also investigate the effect of attacks that simultaneously remove all routers of a particular vendor from the network. Our results show that targeted attacks on border routers would be extremely efficient and harmful to the global Internet connectivity.

Keywords: Internet, Internet Security, Availability, Robustness,Graph Analysis

Suggested Citation

Fabian, Benjamin and Kelkel, Stefan and Ermakova, Tatiana and Baumann, Annika, Attacking Internet Border Routers – A Graph-Based Analysis of Strategies (July 13, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3213176 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3213176

Benjamin Fabian (Contact Author)

Humboldt University of Berlin ( email )

Unter den Linden 6
Berlin, AK Berlin 10099
Germany

Stefan Kelkel

Humboldt University of Berlin ( email )

Unter den Linden 6
Berlin, AK Berlin 10099
Germany

Tatiana Ermakova

University of Potsdam ( email )

August-Bebel Strasse 89
Potsdam, 14482
Germany

Annika Baumann

Humboldt University of Berlin ( email )

Unter den Linden 6
Berlin, AK Berlin 10099
Germany

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