Agility maneuvers to mitigate inference attacks on sensed location data

Giuseppe Petracca, Lisa M. Marvel, Ananthram Swami, Trent Jaeger

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Sensed location data is subject to inference attacks by cybercriminals that aim to obtain the exact position of sensitive locations, such as the victim's home and work locations, to launch a variety of different attacks. Various Location-Privacy Preserving Mechanisms (LPPMs) exist to reduce the probability of success of inference attacks on location data. However, such mechanisms have been shown to be less effective when the adversary is informed of the protection mechanism adopted, also known as white-box attacks. We propose a novel approach that makes use of targeted agility maneuvers as a more robust defense against white-box attacks. Agility maneuvers are systematically activated in response to specific system events to rapidly and continuously control the rate of change in system configurations and increase diversity in the space of readings, which would decrease the probability of success of inference attacks by an adversary. Experimental results, performed on a real data set, show that the adoption of agility maneuvers reduces the probability of success of white-box attacks to 2.68% on average, compared to 56.92% when using state-of-the-art LPPMs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMILCOM 2016 - 2016 IEEE Military Communications Conference
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509037810
StatePublished - Dec 22 2016
Event35th IEEE Military Communications Conference, MILCOM 2016 - Baltimore, United States
Duration: Nov 1 2016Nov 3 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE Military Communications Conference MILCOM


Other35th IEEE Military Communications Conference, MILCOM 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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