Mobility

Securing Virtual Coordinates by Enforcing Physical Laws

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Executive Summary

Virtual Coordinate Systems (VCS) provide accurate estimations of latency between arbitrary hosts on a network, while conducting a small amount of actual measurements and relying on node cooperation. While these systems have good accuracy under benign settings, they suffer a severe decrease of their effectiveness when under attack by compromised nodes acting as insider attackers. Previous defenses mitigate such attacks by using machine learning techniques to differentiate good behavior (learned over time) from bad behavior. However, these defense schemes have been shown to be vulnerable to advanced attacks that make the schemes learn malicious behavior as good behavior.

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