Countering cross-technology jamming attack

Zicheng Chi, Yan Li, Xin Liu, Wei Wang, Yao Yao, Ting Zhu, Yanchao Zhang

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2 Scopus citations

Abstract

Internet-of-things (IoT) devices are sharing the radio frequency band (e.g., 2.4 GHz ISM band). The exponentially increasing number of IoT devices introduces potential security issues at the gateway in IoT networks. In this paper, we introduce a set of new attacks through concealed jamming-an adversary pretends to be (or compromises) a legitimate WiFi device, then sends out WiFi packets to prevent ZigBee devices' communication or collide with ZigBee's packets. By doing this, concealed jamming has the potential to severely delay the reception of ZigBee packets that may contain important information (e.g., critical health data from wearables, fire alarms, and intrusion alarms). To defend against these attacks, we designed a novel ZigBee data extraction technique that can recover ZigBee data from the ZigBee packets that were collided with WiFi packets. We extensively evaluated our design in different real-world settings. The results show that ZigBee devices (protected by our proposed methods) achieve similar performance as those that are not under the concealed jamming attack. Moreover, compared with unprotected devices, their throughput is more than 15 times higher than the unprotected one that is under concealed jamming attacks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWiSec 2020 - Proceedings of the 13th ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages99-110
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781450380065
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 8 2020
Event13th ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks, WiSec 2020 - Linz, Virtual, Austria
Duration: Jul 8 2020Jul 10 2020

Publication series

NameWiSec 2020 - Proceedings of the 13th ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks

Conference

Conference13th ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks, WiSec 2020
Country/TerritoryAustria
CityLinz, Virtual
Period7/8/207/10/20

Keywords

  • denial of service attack
  • security
  • wireless networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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