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Hop-count monitoring: Detecting sinkhole attacks in wireless sensor networks

Daniel Dallas, Christopher Leckie, Kotagiri Ramamohanarao

2007 15TH IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NETWORKS | IEEE | Published : 2007

Abstract

We investigate the problem of defending wireless sensor networks against attacks that disrupt dynamic routing protocols. We propose a novel intrusion detection system that detects the presence of a sinkhole attack, or any at-tack that misleads traffic by understating the cost of an attack route. Our study shows that protocols designed to select the shortest path between two nodes will, through time, select a series of paths whose length exhibits a log-normal distribution. By deriving tolerance limits from the lognormal distribution of path lengths under normal conditions, we develop an anomaly detection scheme that detects sinkhole attacks in a computationally efficient manner. We show that ..

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