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A Software Framework for Alleviating the Effects of MAC-Aware Jamming Attacks in Wireless Access Networks

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Executive Summary

The IEEE 802.11 protocol inherently provides the same long-term through-put to all the clients associated with a given Access Point (AP). In this paper, the authors first identify a clever, low-power jamming attack that can take advantage of this behavioral trait: the placement of a low-power jammer in a way that it affects a single legitimate client can cause starvation to all the other clients. In other words, the total throughput provided by the corresponding AP is drastically degraded. To fight against this attack, they design FIJI, a cross-layer anti-jamming system that detects such intelligent jammers and mitigates their impact on network performance. FIJI looks for anomalies in the AP load distribution to efficiently perform jammer detection.

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