Malicious BGP Hijacks: Appearances Can Be Deceiving

BGP hijacking is a well known threat to the Internet routing infrastructure. There has been considerable interest in developing tools that detect prefix hijacking but such systems usually identify a large number of events, many of them being due to some benign BGP engineering practice or misconfiguration. Ramachandran et al. [1] and later Hu et al. [2] also correlated suspicious routing events with spam and claimed to have found evidence of spammers temporarily stealing prefixes to send spam.

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