Implementing a Broadcast Storm Attack on a Mission-Critical Wireless Sensor Network

  • Irina Krivtsova
  • Ilya Lebedev
  • Mikhail Sukhoparov
  • Nurzhan Bazhayev
  • Igor Zikratov
  • Aleksandr Ometov
  • Sergey Andreev
  • Pavel Masek
  • Radek Fujdiak
  • Jiri Hosek
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-33936-8_23

Volume 9674 of the book series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
Cite this paper as:
Krivtsova I. et al. (2016) Implementing a Broadcast Storm Attack on a Mission-Critical Wireless Sensor Network. In: Mamatas L., Matta I., Papadimitriou P., Koucheryavy Y. (eds) Wired/Wireless Internet Communications. WWIC 2016. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 9674. Springer, Cham

Abstract

In this work, we emphasize the practical importance of mission-critical wireless sensor networks (WSNs) for structural health monitoring of industrial constructions. Due to its isolated and ad hoc nature, this type of WSN deployments is susceptible to a variety of malicious attacks that may disrupt the underlying crucial systems. Along these lines, we review and implement one such attack, named a broadcast storm, where an attacker is attempting to flood the network by sending numerous broadcast packets. Accordingly, we assemble a live prototype of said scenario with real-world WSN equipment, as well as measure the key operational parameters of the WSN under attack, including packet transmission delays and the corresponding loss ratios. We further develop a simple supportive mathematical model based on widely-adopted methods of queuing theory. It allows for accurate performance assessment as well as for predicting the expected system performance, which has been verified with statistical methods.

Keywords

Information security Ad hoc networks Multi-agent systems Vulnerability Device availability Prototyping 

Copyright information

© IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Irina Krivtsova
    • 1
  • Ilya Lebedev
    • 1
  • Mikhail Sukhoparov
    • 1
  • Nurzhan Bazhayev
    • 1
  • Igor Zikratov
    • 1
  • Aleksandr Ometov
    • 2
  • Sergey Andreev
    • 2
  • Pavel Masek
    • 3
  • Radek Fujdiak
    • 3
  • Jiri Hosek
    • 3
  1. 1.Saint Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO University)St. PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.Tampere University of TechnologyTampereFinland
  3. 3.Brno University of TechnologyBrnoCzech Republic