Robust wireless localization to attacks on access points

Jie Yang, Yingying Chen, Victor B. Lawrence, Venkataraman Swaminathan

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Trustworthy location information is important because it is a critical input to a wide variety of locationbased applications. However, the localization infrastructure is vulnerable to physical attacks and consequently the localization results are affected. In this paper, we focus on achieving robust wireless localization when attacks are present on access points. We first investigate the effects of attacks on localization. We then derive an attack-resistant scheme that can be integrated with existing localization algorithms and are not algorithmspecific. Our attack-resistant scheme are based on K-means clustering analysis. We examined our approach using received signal strength (RSS) in widely used lateration-based algorithms. We validated our method in the ORBIT testbed with an IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi) network. Our experimental results demonstrate that our proposed approach can achieve comparable localization performance when under access-point attacks as compared to normal situations without attack.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2009 IEEE Sarnoff Symposium, SARNOFF 2009 - Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event2009 IEEE Sarnoff Symposium, SARNOFF 2009 - Princeton, NJ, United States
Duration: Mar 30 2009Apr 1 2009

Publication series

Name2009 IEEE Sarnoff Symposium, SARNOFF 2009 - Conference Proceedings


Other2009 IEEE Sarnoff Symposium, SARNOFF 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPrinceton, NJ

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Communication


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