Date Added: Aug 2009
Hop-by-hop data aggregation is a very important technique used to reduce the communication overhead and energy expenditure of sensor nodes during the process of data collection in a Wireless Sensor Network (WSN). However, the unattended nature of WSNs calls for data aggregation techniques to be secure. Indeed, sensor nodes can be compromised to mislead the base station by injecting bogus data into the network during both forwarding and aggregation of data. Moreover, data aggregation might increase the risk of confidentiality violations: If sensors close to the base station are corrupted, an adversary could easily access to the results of the "In network" computation performed by the WSN.