Ear in the sky: Terrestrial mobile jamming to prevent aerial eavesdropping

Qubeijian WANG, Yalin LIU, Hong-Ning DAI, Muhammad IMRAN, Nidal NASSER

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The emerging unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) pose a potential security threat for terrestrial communications when UAVs can be maliciously employed as UAV-eavesdroppers to wiretap confidential communications. To address such an aerial security threat, we present a friendly jamming scheme named terrestrial mobile jamming (TMJ) to protect terrestrial confidential communications from UAV eavesdropping. In our TMJ scheme, a jammer moving along the protection area can emit jamming signals toward the UAV-eavesdropper so as to reduce the eavesdropping risk. We evaluate the performance of our scheme by analyzing a secrecy-capacity maximization problem subject to the legitimate connectivity and eavesdropping probability. In addition, we investigate the optimized position for the jammer as well as its jamming power. Simulation results verify the effectiveness of the proposed scheme.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728181042
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2022
Event2021 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2021 - Madrid, Spain, Madrid, Spain
Duration: 7 Dec 202111 Dec 2021

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Name2021 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2021 - Proceedings


Conference2021 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2021
Abbreviated titleGLOBECOM
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Funding Information:
ACKNOWLEDGMENT This paper was partially supported by Shanghai Sailing Program under Grant No. 21YF1451100, the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities under Grant No. D5000210591, Macao Science and Technology Development Fund under Grant No. 0026/2018/A1, and Hong Kong Institute of Business Studies (HKIBS) Research Seed Fund with Grant No. HKIBS RSF-212-004.

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  • Simulation
  • Conferences
  • Ear
  • Autonomous aerial vehicles
  • Security
  • Global communication
  • Jamming


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