In this paper we investigate to what extent the information provided by BGP routing tables about the graph of the Autonomous Systems (ASes) can be used to understand dynamic phenomena occurring in the network. First, we classify the time scales at which such an analysis can be performed and, consequently, the kinds of phenomena that could be anticipated. Second, we improve cutting-edge technologies used to analyze the structure of the network, most notably spectral methods for graph clustering, in order to be able to analyze a whole sequence of consecutive snapshots that capture the temporal evolution of the network. Finally, we use such tools to analyze the data collected by the Oregon RouteViews project  during the last few years. We confirm stable properties of the AS graph, find major trends and notice that events occurring on a smaller time-frame, like worm-attacks, misconfigurations, outages, DDoS attacks, etc. seem to have a very diverse degree of impact on the AS graph structure, which suggests that these techniques could be used to distinguish some of them. -
Marco, G., Patrignani, M. (2004). Dynamic Analysis of the Autonomous System Graph. In IPS 2004, Inter-Domain Performance and Simulation, 22-23 March, Budapest, Hungary (pp.13-24). BUDAPEST : Budapest University of Technology and Economics.