A First Joint Look at DoS Attacks and BGP Blackholing in the Wild


BGP blackholing is an operational countermeasure that builds upon the capabilities of BGP to achieve DoS mitigation. Although empirical evidence of blackholing activities are documented in literature, a clear understanding of how blackholing is used in practice when attacks occur is still missing. This paper presents a first joint look at DoS attacks and BGP blackholing in the wild. We do this on the basis of two complementary data sets of DoS attacks, inferred from a large network telescope and DoS honeypots, and on a data set of blackholing events. All data sets span a period of three years, thus providing a longitudinal overview of operational deployment of blackholing during DoS attacks.

ACM Internet Measurements Conference 2018 (IMC 2018)