Implementing a broadcast storm attack on a mission-critical wireless sensor network

Irina Krivtsova, Ilya Lebedev, Mikhail Sukhoparov, Nurzhan Bazhayev, Igor Zikratov, Aleksandr Ometov, Sergey Andreev, Pavel Masek, Radek Fujdiak, Jiri Hosek

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Abstract

In this work, we emphasize the practical importance of mission-critical wireless sensor networks (WSNs) for structural health monitoring of industrial constructions. Due to its isolated and ad hoc nature, this type of WSN deployments is susceptible to a variety of malicious attacks that may disrupt the underlying crucial systems. Along these lines, we review and implement one such attack, named a broadcast storm, where an attacker is attempting to flood the network by sending numerous broadcast packets. Accordingly, we assemble a live prototype of said scenario with real-world WSN equipment, as well as measure the key operational parameters of the WSN under attack, including packet transmission delays and the corresponding loss ratios.We further develop a simple supportive mathematical model based on widely-adopted methods of queuing theory. It allows for accurate performance assessment as well as for predicting the expected system performance, which has been verified with statistical methods.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWired/Wireless Internet Communications - 14th IFIP WG 6.2 International Conference, WWIC 2016, Proceedings
EditorsPanagiotis Papadimitriou, Ibrahim Matta, Lefteris Mamatas, Yevgeni Koucheryavy
PublisherSpringer Nature
Pages297-308
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783319339351
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016
Event14th IFIP WG 6.2 International Conference on Wired/Wireless Internet Communications, WWIC 2016 - Thessaloniki, Greece
Duration: 25 May 201627 May 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume9674
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference14th IFIP WG 6.2 International Conference on Wired/Wireless Internet Communications, WWIC 2016
Country/TerritoryGreece
CityThessaloniki
Period25/05/1627/05/16

Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

Keywords

  • Ad hoc networks
  • Device availability
  • Information security
  • Multi-agent systems
  • Prototyping
  • Vulnerability

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