Wednesday, July 29, 2009

3.3 Sybil Attack

Sybil attacks are part of the control plane category. The idea behind this attack
is that a single malicious identity can present multiple identities, and thus gain
control over part of the network.[10]
Once this has been accomplished, the attacker can abuse the protocol in any
way possible. For instance he might gain responsibility for certain files and
choose to pollute them. If the attacker can position his identities in a strategic
way, the damage can be considerable. He might choose to continue in an eclipse
attack, or slow down the network by rerouting all queries in a wrong direction.

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