Breakdown of the internet under intentional attack

R. Cohen, K. Erez, D. Ben-Avraham, S. Havlin

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The problem of intentional attack in scale-free networks was addressed. Focus was on the exact value of the critical fraction needed for disruption and the size of the remaining largest connected cluster. It was shown, both analytically and numerically, that scale-free networks are highly sensitive to sabotage of a small fraction of the sites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3682-3685
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number16
StatePublished - 16 Apr 2001


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