Mobility

Modular Anomaly Detection for Smartphone Ad Hoc Communication

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Executive Summary

The capabilities of the modern smartphones make them the obvious platform for novel mobile applications. The open architectures, however, also create new vulnerabilities. Measures for prevention, detection, and reaction need to be explored with the peculiarities that resource-constrained devices impose. Smartphones, in addition to cellular broadband network capabilities, include WiFi interfaces that can even be deployed to set up a Mobile Ad hoc NETwork (MANET). While intrusion detection in MANETs is typically evaluated with network simulators, the authors argue that it is important to implement and test the solutions in real devices to evaluate their resource footprint. This paper presents a modular implementation of an anomaly detection and mitigation mechanism on top of a dissemination protocol for intermittently-connected MANETs.

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