Risk of Internet collapse grows
davediaz at smoton.net
Wed Nov 27 13:20:41 UTC 2002
I think this is old news. There was a cover story back in 1996 time
frame on Mae_east. We have to ask how likely is this with many of
the top backbones doing private peering over local loops, how much
damage would occur if an exchange point where hit?
I have 2 different questions. 1) In the current environment, are
peering circuits running fuller then in previous years. I ask after
there has been questions on UUNET/L3 Capacity in europe etc. If the
case is so, then an attack in one peering location/region might cause
major problems as other peering sessions become overloaded.
2) Wouldnt an attach on particular servers that are NOT redundant
have a more significant affect? Are microsoft's servers mirrored?
Just posing a scenario.
Thought this might be worth passing on:
There is a recent book out called "Linked: The New Science of
Networks" which details the potential for causing widespread Internet
damage by targeting a few hubs instead of random or widespread
attacks against large numbers of hosts. This simulation seems to
backup the author's concerns.
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