Vahid Behzadan
To appear in Elsevier Journal of Computer Systems and Sciences
Publication year: 2017

This paper investigates the vulnerability of tactical ad hoc networks to adaptive jamming attacks that rely only on physical layer parameters. A novel transmission timing analysis technique is proposed to estimate the existence of hop-to-hop links based on synchrony of transmission timings in time and frequency domains, and presents a minimal threshold for classification of link estimations. Furthermore, this work proposes a computationally efficient method for identification of the most vulnerable region of the network via graph theoretical modeling. The computational cost of this method is further reduced by employment of a fast search space generation algorithm, as well as percolation modeling of the system. Both methods are shown to increase the efficiency of adaptive jamming when no a priori information about the topology of the network is available. Performance of the proposed methods are measured through graph theoretical and network simulations.