Title: Privacy leakages in Smart Home Wireless Technologies
Citation: Proceedings of the 48th IEEE International Carnahan Conference on Security Technology. Rome, Italy - October 13-16, 2014 p. 64-69
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers - IEEE
Publication Year: 2014
JRC N°: JRC90976
ISBN: 978-14-799-35307
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC90976
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The concept of Smart Home where appliances, sensors, actuators, displays and computing resources are connected and interact to support the life of the citizen is being increasingly researched. In this context, the Wi-Fi communication technology has grown to become the de-facto standard for data communications in Smart Home environments, with cordless telephony being dominated by the DECT protocol. Even though both technologies incorporate sets of security features aimed at securing the confidentiality and integrity of the communications, the nature and the design of both radio-frequency protocols make them vulnerable, up to a certain extent, to privacy leakages through traffic analysis attacks. In this paper we explore the information leakage vulnerabilities inherent to these technologies and their potential impact on citizens’ privacy in the context of the Smart Home. We demonstrate how the websites visited by a smart device can be inferred by applying machine learning and pattern matching techniques to eavesdropped encrypted traffic.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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