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CAPEC-583: Disabling Network Hardware

Attack Pattern ID: 583
Abstraction: Detailed
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+ Description
In this attack pattern, an adversary physically disables networking hardware by powering it down or disconnecting critical equipment. Disabling or shutting off critical system resources prevents them from performing their service as intended, which can have direct and indirect consequences on other systems. This attack pattern is considerably less technical than the selective blocking used in most obstruction attacks.
+ Relationships
Section HelpThis table shows the other attack patterns and high level categories that are related to this attack pattern. These relationships are defined as ChildOf and ParentOf, and give insight to similar items that may exist at higher and lower levels of abstraction. In addition, relationships such as CanFollow, PeerOf, and CanAlsoBe are defined to show similar attack patterns that the user may want to explore.
ChildOfStandard Attack PatternStandard Attack Pattern - A standard level attack pattern in CAPEC is focused on a specific methodology or technique used in an attack. It is often seen as a singular piece of a fully executed attack. A standard attack pattern is meant to provide sufficient details to understand the specific technique and how it attempts to accomplish a desired goal. A standard level attack pattern is a specific type of a more abstract meta level attack pattern.582Route Disabling
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+ Prerequisites
The adversary requires physical access to the targeted communications equipment (networking devices, cables, etc.), which may be spread over a wide area.
+ Consequences
Section HelpThis table specifies different individual consequences associated with the attack pattern. The Scope identifies the security property that is violated, while the Impact describes the negative technical impact that arises if an adversary succeeds in their attack. The Likelihood provides information about how likely the specific consequence is expected to be seen relative to the other consequences in the list. For example, there may be high likelihood that a pattern will be used to achieve a certain impact, but a low likelihood that it will be exploited to achieve a different impact.
+ Mitigations
Ensure rigorous physical defensive measures to keep the adversary from accessing critical systems..
+ References
[REF-464] "Analysis of Country-wide Internet Outages Caused by Censorship". Center for Applied Internet Data Analysis. 2011. <>.
+ Content History
Submission DateSubmitterOrganization
(Version 2.9)
Seamus Tuohy
Modification DateModifierOrganization
(Version 3.1)
CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation
Updated Related_Attack_Patterns
(Version 3.2)
CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation
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