Traffic inference in anonymous MANETs

Yunzhong Liu, Rui Zhang, Jing Shi, Yanchao Zhang

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Abstract

The open wireless medium in a mobile ad-hoc network (MANET) enables malicious traffic analysis to dynamically infer the network traffic pattern in hostile environments. The disclosure of the traffic pattern and its changes is often devastating in a mission-critical MANET. A number of anonymous routing protocols have been recently proposed as an effective countermeasure against traffic analysis in MANETs. In this paper, we propose a novel traffic inference algorithm, called TIA, which enables a passive global adversary to accurately infer the traffic pattern in an anonymous MANET without compromising any node. As the first work of its kind, TIA works on existing on-demand anonymous MANET routing protocols. Detailed simulations show that TIA can infer the traffic pattern with an accuracy as high as 95%. Our results in this paper highlight the necessity for cross-layer designs to defend aMANET against traffic analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSECON 2010 - 2010 7th Annual IEEE Communications Society Conference on Sensor, Mesh and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event7th Annual IEEE Communications Society Conference on Sensor, Mesh and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks, SECON 2010 - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Jun 21 2010Jun 25 2010

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Other7th Annual IEEE Communications Society Conference on Sensor, Mesh and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks, SECON 2010
CountryUnited States
CityBoston, MA
Period6/21/106/25/10

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Mobile ad hoc networks
Telecommunication traffic
Routing protocols
Network routing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Liu, Y., Zhang, R., Shi, J., & Zhang, Y. (2010). Traffic inference in anonymous MANETs. In SECON 2010 - 2010 7th Annual IEEE Communications Society Conference on Sensor, Mesh and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks [5508207] https://doi.org/10.1109/SECON.2010.5508207

Traffic inference in anonymous MANETs. / Liu, Yunzhong; Zhang, Rui; Shi, Jing; Zhang, Yanchao.

SECON 2010 - 2010 7th Annual IEEE Communications Society Conference on Sensor, Mesh and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks. 2010. 5508207.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Liu, Y, Zhang, R, Shi, J & Zhang, Y 2010, Traffic inference in anonymous MANETs. in SECON 2010 - 2010 7th Annual IEEE Communications Society Conference on Sensor, Mesh and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks., 5508207, 7th Annual IEEE Communications Society Conference on Sensor, Mesh and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks, SECON 2010, Boston, MA, United States, 6/21/10. https://doi.org/10.1109/SECON.2010.5508207
Liu Y, Zhang R, Shi J, Zhang Y. Traffic inference in anonymous MANETs. In SECON 2010 - 2010 7th Annual IEEE Communications Society Conference on Sensor, Mesh and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks. 2010. 5508207 https://doi.org/10.1109/SECON.2010.5508207
Liu, Yunzhong ; Zhang, Rui ; Shi, Jing ; Zhang, Yanchao. / Traffic inference in anonymous MANETs. SECON 2010 - 2010 7th Annual IEEE Communications Society Conference on Sensor, Mesh and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks. 2010.
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