The digital Marauder's map: A new threat to location privacy

Xinwen Fu, Nan Zhang, Aniket Pingley, Wei Yu, Jie Wang, Wei Zhao

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Abstract

"The Marauder's Map" is a magical map in J. K. Rowling's fantasy series, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban". It shows all moving objects within the "Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry". This paper introduces a similar attack to location privacy in wireless networks. Our system, namely the digital Marauder's map, can reveal the locations of WiFi-enabled mobile devices within the coverage area of a single high-gain antenna. The digital Marauder's map is built solely with off-the-shelf wireless equipments, and features a mobile design that can be quickly deployed to a new location and instantly used without training. We present a comprehensive set of theoretical analysis and experimental results which demonstrate the coverage and localization accuracy of the digital Marauder's map.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2009 29th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems Workshops, ICDCS, 09
Pages589-596
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Event2009 29th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems Workshops, ICDCS, 09 - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: Jun 22 2009Jun 26 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems

Other

Other2009 29th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems Workshops, ICDCS, 09
CountryCanada
CityMontreal, QC
Period6/22/096/26/09

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Fu, X., Zhang, N., Pingley, A., Yu, W., Wang, J., & Zhao, W. (2009). The digital Marauder's map: A new threat to location privacy. In 2009 29th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems Workshops, ICDCS, 09 (pp. 589-596). [5158472] (Proceedings - International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICDCS.2009.57