Mobility

Location Privacy Against Traffic Analysis Attacks in Wireless Sensor Networks

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Executive Summary

Traffic analysis attacks are passive attacks that try to deduce the traffic pattern based on the eavesdropped information. Through analyzing the packet traffic, it can deduce the location of strategic nodes, and then launch an active attack to those locations, such as DoS attack. Therefore, defending against a traffic analysis attack is to prevent the adversary from tracing the location of critical sensor nodes. Due to the open wireless communication media exposing the context information to adversaries, the authors cannot use traditional encryption and authentication to prevent the adversaries from eavesdropping on the wireless communication.

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