Attacking Internet Border Routers – A Graph-Based Analysis of Strategies
30 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2018
Date Written: July 13, 2018
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
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