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LVS: A WiFi-Based System to Tackle Location Spoofing in Location-Based Services
Proceedings of the IEEE 17th International Symposium on a World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks (2016, Coimbra, Portugal)
  • Francesco Restuccia
  • Andrea Saracino
  • Sajal K. Das, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Fabio Martinelli
Abstract

The reliability of location-based services (LBS) is strongly dependent on the accuracy of the location of the users. However, existing LBS systems are not able to efficiently validate the position of users in large-scale outdoor environments, leading to possible location spoofing attacks by malicious users. To this end, we present an efficient and scalable Location Validation System (LVS) that secures LBS systems from location spoofing attacks. In particular, the user location is verified with the help of mobile WiFi hotspots (MHSs), who are users activating the WiFi hotspot capability of their smartphones and accept connections from nearby users, thereby validating their position inside the sensing area. The system also comprises a novel verification technique called Chains of Sight, which tackles collusion-based attacks effectively. LVS also includes a reputation-based algorithm that rules out sensing reports of location-spoofing users.

Meeting Name
IEEE 17th International Symposium on a World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks, WoWMoM 2016 (2016: Jun. 21-24, Coimbra, Portugal)
Department(s)
Computer Science
Research Center/Lab(s)
Intelligent Systems Center
Keywords and Phrases
  • Location,
  • Mobile security,
  • Smartphones,
  • Telecommunication services,
  • Wireless local area networks (WLAN),
  • Outdoor environment,
  • Security,
  • Smartphone sensing,
  • Spoofing attacks,
  • User location,
  • Verification techniques,
  • Wi-Fi hotspot,
  • WiFi hotspots,
  • Location based services,
  • Location Spoofing,
  • Location-based Services
International Standard Book Number (ISBN)
978-1-4799-7492-4
Document Type
Article - Conference proceedings
Document Version
Citation
File Type
text
Language(s)
English
Rights
© 2016 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), All rights reserved.
Publication Date
6-1-2016
Disciplines
Citation Information
Francesco Restuccia, Andrea Saracino, Sajal K. Das and Fabio Martinelli. "LVS: A WiFi-Based System to Tackle Location Spoofing in Location-Based Services" Proceedings of the IEEE 17th International Symposium on a World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks (2016, Coimbra, Portugal) (2016)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sajal-das/78/