Research Findings on Wormhole Attack Detection in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks

Karlsson, Jonny; Dooley, Laurence S. and Pulkkis, Göran (2013). Research Findings on Wormhole Attack Detection in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks. In: BITA’13 - Proceedings of Seminar on Current Topics in Business, Information Technology and Analytics (Karlsson, Jonny and Westerlund, Magnus eds.), Arcada Publikation, Arcada – Nylands svenska yrkeshögskola, pp. 9–13.



The Internet is moving from the traditional desktop network paradigm to a ubiquitous paradigm where a multitude of small computing devices such as computer chips and smart sensors are involved in daily activities and routines. This means that a rapidly growing amount of devices are connected to the Internet. At the same time, infrastructure-less and self-configuring systems like Mobile Ad hoc Networks (MANET) are gaining popularity since they provide a possibility for mobile devices to share information with each other without being dependent on a core infrastructure. Routing security in MANETs is, however, a significant challenge to wide scale adoption. One of the most severe security threats to MANET routing is the wormhole attack due to its ability to disrupt a significant proportion of network traffic, while simultaneously being difficult to detect. This paper provides an overview of recent research findings on wormhole attack detection in MANETs collected from a joint research project with Arcada University of Applied Sciences in Finland and The Open University, UK.

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