Power-positive networking using wireless charging: Protecting energy against battery exhaustion attacks

Sang Yoon Chang, Sristi Lakshmi Sravana Kumar, Bao Anh N. Tran, Sreejaya Viswanathan, Younghee Park, Yih Chun Hu

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Abstract

Energy is required for networking and computation and is a valuable resource for unplugged embedded systems. Energy DoS attack where a remote attacker exhausts the victim's battery by sending networking requests remains a critical challenge for the device availability. While prior literature proposes mitigation- and detectionbased solutions, we propose to eliminate the vulnerability entirely by offloading the power requirements to the entity who makes the networking requests. To do so, we build communication channels using wireless charging signals, so that the communication and the power transfer are simultaneous and inseparable, and use the channels to build power-positive networking (PPN). PPN also offloads the computation-based costs to the requester, enabling authentication and other tasks considered too power-hungry for battery-operated devices. Furthermore, because we use the charging signal for bidirectional networking, the design requires no additional hardware beyond that for wireless charging. In this paper, we present PPN, implement a Qi-compatible prototype, and use the prototype to analyze the performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks, WiSec 2017
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages52-57
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450350846
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 18 2017
Event10th ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks, WiSec 2017 - Boston, United States
Duration: Jul 18 2017Jul 20 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 10th ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks, WiSec 2017

Other

Other10th ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks, WiSec 2017
CountryUnited States
CityBoston
Period7/18/177/20/17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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    Chang, S. Y., Kumar, S. L. S., Tran, B. A. N., Viswanathan, S., Park, Y., & Hu, Y. C. (2017). Power-positive networking using wireless charging: Protecting energy against battery exhaustion attacks. In Proceedings of the 10th ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks, WiSec 2017 (pp. 52-57). (Proceedings of the 10th ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks, WiSec 2017). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3098243.3098265