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The Mobile Attacks Under Internet of Things Networks

Kean, Colin; Ghaleb, Baraq; Mcclelland, Bruce; Ahmad, Jawad; Wadhaj, Isam; Thomson, Craig


Colin Kean

Bruce Mcclelland


Since the introduction of the Routing Protocol for Low Power and Lossy Networks (RPL), its security aspects have been the focus of the scientific community who reported several security flaws that left the protocol vulnerable for several attacks. In this paper, the aim is to demonstrate how the network performance might be affected under mobile attacker, a scenario that has not been investigated before, and to evaluate the effectiveness of a simple mitigation technique to combat the DIS attack. The results show that a mobile attacker increases the negative effect on the IoT network in comparison to the stationary attacker under both DIS and Rank Decreased attacks. The countermeasure reduced the effectiveness of the stationary DIS attack by 40%, and reduced the mobile DIS attacks by an average of 52%. Further research could be conducted by employing different mobility models, topologies, and attacks to help fully understand the impact of mobility of other well-known attacks.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Intelligent Systems
Start Date Sep 2, 2022
End Date Sep 3, 2022
Online Publication Date Feb 9, 2023
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date Feb 28, 2023
Publisher Springer
Pages 523-532
Series Title Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems
Series Number 584
Series ISSN 2367-3389
Book Title Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Intelligent Systems ICETIS 2022: Volume 1
ISBN 978-3-031-25273-0
Keywords Internet of Things, RPL, DIS attack, Rank attack
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