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This paper investigates the problem of secure communication for amplify-and-forward (AF) systems with untrustworthy relay nodes. To achieve positive secrecy rate, the destination-based jamming (DBJ) technique is applied. We first focus on the single-relay scenario, for which the closed-form expression for the lower bound of the ergodic secrecy capacity (ESC) is derived. Afterward, we extend the DBJ method to the multi-relay scenario and propose a secure relay selection scheme that can maximize the achievable secrecy rate. Based on the extreme-value theory, the approximate ESC is characterized. Our work reveals an interesting result that, when the relay nodes are untrustworthy, the system performance worsens as the number of relays increases.
Date of Publication: Oct. 2012