May 7, 2021

Would unplugging a router constitute a Denial of Service attack?

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  • #280533


    Specifically, a man in the middle denial of service attack?

  • #280534


    In the biz, we do refer to that as a “Layer 1 Denial of Service”. If you unplug the power to the router, and not the network cable, my pops would call that a “power gap.”

    Also refers to construction equipment or squirrels severing fiber/ethernet lines.

    I don’t think I’d refer to it this way in a formal report, however.

    Depending on the circumstances, I’d write it up as a “disconnect of network equipment leading to service outages” and note whether it was malicious or unintentional.

  • #280535


    DoS? Absolutely. MitM? Not at all. MitM and DoS have two very different goals.

  • #280536


    I don’t know if it qualifies as hacking but I certainly don’t think a powered down router is capable of running a MiTM attack.

  • #280537


    Yep. Most people think of distributed attacks but there are also single-source attacks, including some very simple ones.

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    I saw someone on Twitter (I think GossiTheDog?) submit a CVE for it in the last year or so.

  • #280539


    DoS and MiTM are completely different things.
    Traditionally speaking, no, unplugging a router is not a DoS. Sure, you’re cutting off traffic, possibly ‘denying’ service but the actual definition of denial of service attack is when one or more attacking machines repeatedly request a resource from another system with the aim to overwhelm the server into being unavailable. A MiTM may be used in conjunction with a DoS but they’re different attacks with different goals.

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