A detection mechanism for SMS flooding attacks in cellular networks

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Abstract

In recent years, cellular networks have been reported to be susceptible targets for Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks due to their limited resources. One potential powerful DDoS attack in cellular networks is a SMS flooding attack. Previous research has demonstrated that SMS-capable cellular networks are vulnerable to a SMS flooding attack in which a sufficient rate of SMS messages is sent to saturate the control channels in target areas. We propose a novel detection algorithm which identifies a SMS flooding attack based on the reply rate to messages sent by a handset. We further propose a mitigation technique to reduce the blocking rate caused by the attack. Our simulation results show that the false positive and false negative rates of our detection algorithm are low even when the attack traffic is blended with flash crowd traffic and/or the attack traffic mimics flash crowd traffic, and that the blocking rate is successfully reduced through the mitigation technique.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSecurity and Privacy in Communication Networks - 8th International ICST Conference, SecureComm 2012, Revised Selected Papers
Pages76-93
Number of pages18
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 7 2013
Event8th International ICST Conference on Security and Privacy in Communication Networks, SecureComm 2012 - Padua, Italy
Duration: Sep 3 2012Sep 5 2012

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
Volume106 LNICS
ISSN (Print)1867-8211

Other

Other8th International ICST Conference on Security and Privacy in Communication Networks, SecureComm 2012
CountryItaly
CityPadua
Period9/3/129/5/12

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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Kim, E. K., McDaniel, P., & La Porta, T. (2013). A detection mechanism for SMS flooding attacks in cellular networks. In Security and Privacy in Communication Networks - 8th International ICST Conference, SecureComm 2012, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 76-93). (Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering; Vol. 106 LNICS). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-36883-7_6