Evaluation on the Influence of Internet Prefix Hijacking Events

Jinjing Zhao1, 2 and Yan Wen1, 2

  1. Beijing Institute of System Engineering
    Beijing, China
  2. National Key Laboratory of Science and Technology on Information System Security
    Beijing, China


The inter-domain routing system based on the BGP protocol is a kernel establishment in the Internet. There have been many incidents of IP prefix hijacking by BGP protocol in the Internet. Attacks may hijack victim's address space to disrupt network services or perpetrate malicious activities such as spamming and DoS attacks without disclosing identity. The relation between prefix hijacking and the Internet hierarchy is presented in this paper. The Internet is classified into three tiers based on the power-law and commercial relations of autonomous systems. The relation between network topology and prefix hijacking influence is presented for all sorts of hijacking events in different layers. The results assert that the hierarchical nature of network influences the prefix hijacking greatly.

Key words

IP prefix hijacking; Power law; BGP; Inter-domain routing system; Internet Service Providers

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Publication information

Volume 10, Issue 2 (April 2013)
Special Issue on Advances on Mobile Collaborative Systems
Year of Publication: 2013
ISSN: 1820-0214 (Print) 2406-1018 (Online)
Publisher: ComSIS Consortium

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Zhao, J., Wen, Y.: Evaluation on the Influence of Internet Prefix Hijacking Events. Computer Science and Information Systems, Vol. 10, No. 2, 611-631. (2013), https://doi.org/10.2298/CSIS121108023Z