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Exploring Jamming Attacks Using OPNET 12.0

Gonzalez, Jesus (2008) Exploring Jamming Attacks Using OPNET 12.0. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Ad-hoc Networks are one of the most important achievements of current technology; they can provide communication without needing a fixed infrastructure, which makes them suitable for communication in disaster areas or when quick deployment is needed. However, since this kind of network uses the wireless medium for communication, it is susceptible to malicious exploitation at different layers. One of these attacks is a kind of denial of service attack (DoS) that interferes with the radio transmission channel, this is also known as a jamming attack. In this kind of attack, an attacker emits a radio signal that disturbs the energy of the packets causing many errors in the packet currently being transmitted. Another version of this attack is to constantly emit random semi-valid packets to keep the medium busy all the time, preventing the honest nodes from switching from the listening mode to the transmitting mode. In rough environments where there is constant traffic, a jamming attack causes serious problems; therefore measures to prevent this attack are required. The purpose of this thesis is to explore the underlying principles of jamming attacks (i.e., the effects of modulation techniques, interarrival times of packets, transmitter's and jammer's power) using Opnet® as the simulation tool. This work will be helpful so that in future research a useful, practical and effective solution can be created to countermeasure the effects of jamming attacks. The objective here is to understand, modify, and employ the models in OPNET 12.0® to simulate jamming attacks and understand the limitations of the available models.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Gonzalez, Jesusjmg93@pitt.eduJMG93
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairKrishnamurthy, Prashantprashant@sis.pitt.eduPRASHK
Committee MemberWeiss, Martinmbw@pitt.eduMBW
Committee MemberThompson, Richardrat@tele.pitt.eduRTHOMPSO
Date: 31 January 2008
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 16 November 2007
Approval Date: 31 January 2008
Submission Date: 19 November 2007
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Telecommunications
Degree: MST - Master of Science in Telecommunications
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: deceptive jammers; MAC misbehaving nodes; opnet; random jammers; jamming attacks; jamming techniques
Other ID:, etd-11192007-164335
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:05
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:51


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