Designing localization algorithms robust to signal strength attacks

Xiaoyan Li, Yingying Chen, Jie Yang, Xiuyuan Zheng

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Received Signal Strength (RSS) based localization algorithms are sensitive to a set of non-cryptographic attacks. For example, the attacker can perform signal strength attacks by placing an absorbing or reflecting material around a wireless device to modify its RSS readings. In this work, we first formulate the all-around signal strength attacks, where similar attacks are launched towards all landmarks, and experimentally show the feasibility of launching such attacks. We then propose a general principle for designing RSS-based algorithms so that they are robust to all-around signal strength attacks. To evaluate our approach, we adapt two RSS-based localization algorithms according to our principle and experiment with real attack scenarios. All the experiments show that our design principle can be applied to achieve comparable performance with much better robustness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2011 Proceedings IEEE INFOCOM
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventIEEE INFOCOM 2011 - Shanghai, China
Duration: Apr 10 2011Apr 15 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE INFOCOM
ISSN (Print)0743-166X



All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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