Maximum Damage Malware Attack in Mobile Wireless Networks

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Executive Summary

Malware attacks constitute a serious security risk that threatens to slow down the large scale proliferation of wireless applications. As a first step towards thwarting this security threat, one seeks to quantify the maximum damage inflicted on the system owing to such outbreaks and identify the most vicious attacks. This paper represents the propagation of malware in a battery-constrained mobile wireless network by an epidemic model in which the worm can dynamically control the rate at which it kills the infected node and also the transmission range and/or the media scanning rate.

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