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    Rogue Femtocell Owners: How Mallory Can Monitor My Devices


    Malone, David and Kavanagh, Darren F. and Murphy, Niall R. (2013) Rogue Femtocell Owners: How Mallory Can Monitor My Devices. In: 2013 IEEE Conference on Computer Communications Workshops (INFOCOM WKSHPS). IEEE, pp. 429-434. ISBN 9781479900558

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    Abstract

    Femtocells are small cellular telecommunication base stations that provide improved cellular coverage. These devices provide important improvements in coverage, battery life and throughput, they also present security challenges. We identify a problem which has not been identified in previous studies of femtocell security: rogue owners of femtocells can secretly monitor third-party mobile devices by using the femtocell’s access control features. We present traffic analysis of real femtocell traces and demonstrate the ability to monitor mobile devices through classification of the femtocell’s encrypted backhaul traffic. We also consider the femtocell’s power usage and status LEDs as other side channels that provide information on the femtocell’s operation. We conclude by presenting suitable solutions to overcome this problem.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: This work is supported by Science Foundation Ireland under Grant No. 08/SRC/I1403 and 07/SK/I1216a.
    Keywords: Femtocell; security; traffic analysis; cellular devices; rogue owners;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Research Institutes > Hamilton Institute
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Mathematics and Statistics
    Item ID: 6306
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1109/INFCOMW.2013.6562901
    Depositing User: Dr. David Malone
    Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2015 15:56
    Publisher: IEEE
    Refereed: Yes
    Funders: Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
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