Percolation of localized attack on complex networks

Shuai Shao, Xuqing Huang, H. Eugene Stanley, Shlomo Havlin

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The robustness of complex networks against node failure and malicious attack has been of interest for decades, while most of the research has focused on random attack or hub-targeted attack. In many real-world scenarios, however, attacks are neither random nor hub-targeted, but localized, where a group of neighboring nodes in a network are attacked and fail. In this paper we develop a percolation framework to analytically and numerically study the robustness of complex networks against such localized attack. In particular, we investigate this robustness in Erds-Rényi networks, random-regular networks, and scale-free networks. Our results provide insight into how to better protect networks, enhance cybersecurity, and facilitate the design of more robust infrastructures.

Original languageEnglish
Article number023049
JournalNew Journal of Physics
StatePublished - 18 Feb 2015

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© 2015 IOP Publishing Ltd and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft.


FundersFunder number
Defense Threat Reduction AgencyHDTRA-1-09-1-0035, HDTRA-1-10-1-0014
National Stroke FoundationCMMI1125290
Office of Naval ResearchN00014-09-1-0380, N00014-12-1-0548, N62909-14-1-019
Directorate for Engineering1125290


    • ErdosRenyi network
    • complex network
    • generating function
    • localized attack
    • percolation theory
    • robustness of network
    • scale-free network


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