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The cicada attack: Degradation and denial of service in IR ranging

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5 Author(s)
Poturalski, M. ; Lab. for Comput. Commun. & Applic., EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland ; Flury, M. ; Papadimitratos, P. ; Hubaux, J.-P.
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We demonstrate that an interferer with malicious intentions can significantly degrade the performance of impulseradio (IR) ranging. The cicada attack we have developed can decrease the distance (degradation of service) measured by ranging algorithms designed to cope with weak NLOS conditions; it can also jam communication (denial of service). The attack is easy to mount and can be effective even against receivers designed to cope with benign multi-user interference. We also sketch possible countermeasures.

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Ultra-Wideband (ICUWB), 2010 IEEE International Conference on  (Volume:2 )

Date of Conference:

20-23 Sept. 2010