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Networked Life by Mung Chiang

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10 Does the Internet have an Achilles’ heel?

10.1    A Short Answer

It does not.

10.2    A Long Answer

10.2.1   Power-law distribution and scale-free networks

Sure, the Internet has many security loopholes, from cyber-attack vulnerability to privacy-intrusion threats. But it does not have a few highly-connected routers in the center of the Internet that an attacker can destroy to disconnect the Internet, which would have fit the description of an “Achilles’ heel”. So why would there be rumors that the Internet has an Achilles’ heel?

The story started in the late 1990s with an inference result: the Internet topology exhibits a power-law distribution of node degrees. Here, the “topology” of the Internet may mean any of the following:

•   the ...

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