Planning for Anycast as Anti-DDoS

The PAADDoS project’s goal is to defend against large-scale Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks by making anycast-based capacity more effective than it is today. Anycast use Internet routing to associate users with geographically close sites of a replicated service. During DDoS, anycast sites can provide capacity to absorb an attack, and they can be used to isolate the attack to part of the network.

We will work toward our goal of improving anycast use during DDoS by (1) developing tools to map anycast catchments and baseline load, (2) develop methods to plan changes and their effects on catchments, and (3) develop tools to estimate attack load and assist anycast reconfiguration during an attack.

We expect these innovations to improve service resilience in the face of DDoS attacks. Our tools will improve anycast agility during an attack, allowing capacity to be used effectively.

PAADDoS is a joint effort of the ANT Lab involving USC/ISI (PI: John Heidemann) and the Design and Analysis of Communication Systems group at the University of Twente (PI: Aiko Pras).


DHS HSARPA Cyber Security Division via contract number HSHQDC-17-R-B0004-TTA.02-0006-I

Netherlands Organisation for scientific research NWO

CONCORDIA, the Cybersecurity Competence Network supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 830927.

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