Secure Communication With a Byzantine Relay

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The authors consider a communication scenario where the source and the destination can communicate only via a relay node who is both an eavesdropper and a Byzantine attacker. Hence for secure communication, two requirements must be met simultaneously: the transmitted message must be kept secret, and a Byzantine attack must be detected reliably. Both a discrete noiseless adder model with the relay receiving the real sum of two signals and a Gaussian model are considered. In both models, the loss in rate due to Byzantine detection can be made arbitrarily small. For the discrete adder model, they show that the probability that the adversary wins decreases exponentially with the number of channel uses.

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