Eavesdropping activities in wireless networks : Impact of channel randomness

Xuran LI, Hong Ning DAI, Yuanyuan WANG, Hao WANG

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This paper presents a novel analytical model to investigate the eavesdropping attacks in wireless networks in the presence of channel randomness with emphasis on the shadow fading effect and Rayleigh fading effect. Our numerical results show that the probability of eavesdropping attacks heavily depends on the shadow fading effect, the path loss effect, Rayleigh fading effect and the antenna models. In particular, we find that the shadow fading effect is beneficial to the eavesdropping probability while both the path loss effect and Rayleigh fading effect are detrimental. Besides, using directional antennas at eavesdroppers can also increase the eavesdropping probability. This study provides us with some useful insights that may help us to better protect the confidential communications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTENCON 2015 - 2015 IEEE Region 10 Conference
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781479986415
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event35th IEEE Region 10 Conference, TENCON 2015 - Macau, Macao
Duration: 1 Nov 20154 Nov 2015

Publication series

NameIEEE Region 10 Annual International Conference, Proceedings/TENCON
ISSN (Print)2159-3442
ISSN (Electronic)2159-3450


Conference35th IEEE Region 10 Conference, TENCON 2015

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  • Channel Randomness
  • Eavesdropping
  • Security
  • Wireless Networks


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