Title: Scrutinising well-known countermeasures against clone node attack in mobile wireless sensor networks

Authors: Wazir Zada Khan; Mohamad Naufal bin Mohamad Saad; Mohammed Y. Aalsalem

Addresses: Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Bandar Seri Iskandar, 31750, Tronoh, Perak, Malaysia ' Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Bandar Seri Iskandar, 31750, Tronoh, Perak, Malaysia ' School of Computer Science, Jazan University, Jazan, Saudi Arabia

Abstract: Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are often deployed in unattended environments where an adversary can easily physically capture and compromise sensor nodes. She then creates replicas of the compromised nodes instigating further attacks by spreading these replicas over the network, incurring serious damages to the network, so these replicas should be detected as early as possible. Most of the previous research efforts on detecting replica node attacks adopt static network models which are not suitable for mobile WSNs. In mobile WSN, sensor nodes are freely and randomly roaming all the time and they do not have any fixed neighbour to communicate with because these mobile nodes meet with one another occasionally and in an unpredictable manner. In this paper, we have surveyed all the existing solutions proposed so far for the detection of replica or clone nodes in mobile WSN by comparing them comprehensively and pointing out their drawbacks and shortcomings.

Keywords: clone attacks; node replication attacks; mobile WSNs; wireless networks; network security; wireless sensor networks; mobile networks.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGUC.2013.056247

International Journal of Grid and Utility Computing, 2013 Vol.4 No.2/3, pp.119 - 127

Received: 27 Aug 2012
Accepted: 23 Sep 2012

Published online: 01 Sep 2013 *

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