Combating Channel Eviction Triggering denial-of-service attacks in cognitive radio networks

Shabnam Sodagari, Alireza Attar, Victor C.M. Leung, Sven G. Bilén

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We focus on a specific class of denial-of-service (DoS) attacks that is executed through Channel Eviction Triggering (CET), whereby adversary nodes unduly invoke mechanisms inherent in a cognitive radio (CR) network (CRN) operation to protect the licensed users and thus disrupt secondary access to the otherwise idle licensed bands. Skewing the spectrum sensing decision of CRN through sensing misreports is a manifestation of CET attacks. Whereas most studies in the literature focus on making the cooperative sensing more robust against such sensing misreports, we tackle the problem from the novel perspective of incentive alleviation. We distinguish two classes of such DoS attacks, which we refer to as CET and CET-jamming attacks. In the former case, the incentive of adversary CRs is to remove the competition of truthful CRs in accessing the licensed spectral ranges. The latter class of DoS attack deals with scenarios in which the adversary nodes are mainly interested in denying the chances of communication of CRN over primary bands and as such their incentive cannot be modelled by the same utility maximisation model as truthful CRs. We propose a solution for each class of attacks, and our numerical results verify the effectiveness of the proposed CET defence scheme in both cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)454-465
Number of pages12
JournalTransactions on emerging telecommunications technologies
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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