Impact of Prefix Hijacking on Payments of Providers
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Whereas preﬁx hijacking is usually examined from security perspectives, this paper looks at it from a novel economic angle. Our study stems from an observation that a transit AS (Autonomous System) has a ﬁnancial interest in attracting extra trafﬁc to the links with its customers. Based on real data about the actual hijacking incident in the Internet, we conduct simulations in the real AS-level Internet topology with synthetic demands for the hijacked trafﬁc. Then, we measure trafﬁc on all inter-AS links and compute the payments of all providers. The analysis of our results from technical, business, and legal viewpoints suggests that hijacking-based trafﬁc attraction is a viable strategy that can create a fertile ground for tussles between providers. In particular, giant top-tier providers appear to have the strongest ﬁnancial incentives to hijack popular preﬁxes and then deliver the intercepted trafﬁc to the proper destinations. We also discuss directions for future research in the area of hijacking-based trafﬁc attraction.
SubjectQ Science::Q Science (General)
Q Science::QA Mathematics::QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology::T Technology (General)
T Technology::TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology::TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering