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The hidden mailman and his mailbag: Routing path analysis from a European perspective
Linköping University.
Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science, Database and information techniques. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science, Database and information techniques. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
2017 (English)In: 2017 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) / [ed] Debbah M.,Gesbert D.,Mellouk A., IEEE, 2017, p. 1-7Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The postal system is often used as an analogy when describing Internet routing. However, in addition to similarities, there are some significant differences. First, and most importantly, the Autonomous Systems (ASes) that operate the routers along the end-to-end path of a packet can often inspect and manipulate the packet and its content. Second, due to lack of secure routing mechanisms, packet paths can be diverted through additional non-trusted ASes. Although we often know the first network we connect through and the service that we access, we seldom know the networks that forward our packets. We can think of these networks as hidden mailmen. To better understand these networks and their potential access to information, we characterize the ASes along the paths of typical Internet packets between European example clients and the most popular web domains. We also identify ASes and countries with higher path coverage and investigate if there are differences in the HTTPS usage among paths that may take additional detours. Our results highlight the role played by North American (typically US-based) ASes and glean insights into how vulnerable the detoured traffic is to man-in-the-middle attacks compared to regular traffic.

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IEEE, 2017. p. 1-7
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IEEE International Conference on Communications, ISSN 1938-1883
Keywords [en]
Internet, telecommunication network routing, telecommunication security, ASes, European perspective, HTTPS, Internet packets, Internet routing, autonomous systems, hidden mailman, postal system, routing path analysis, traffic, Asia, Europe, Extraterrestrial measurements, Information systems, Routing, Security
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Computer and Information Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-140914DOI: 10.1109/ICC.2017.7996683ISI: 000424872102043ISBN: 978-1-4673-8999-0 (electronic)ISBN: 978-1-4673-9000-2 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-140914DiVA, id: diva2:1141623
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2017 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC)
Available from: 2017-09-15 Created: 2017-09-15 Last updated: 2018-03-28Bibliographically approved

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