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Abandonment Attack on the LEACH Protocol

Lookup NU author(s): Albatool Alhawas, Dr Nigel Thomas



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) that has been published in its final definitive form by Springer, 2020.

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Despite their popularity and widespread use, wireless sensor networks are vulnerable to different types of attacks due to their low energy consumption, simplicity and scalability constraints. This paper explores the possible network-layer attacks on WSN routing protocols. In addition, it proposes a comprehensive method for measuring the impact of network-layer attacks on WSNs. Moreover, it introduces a new network-layer attack – called “abandonment attack” – on one such WSN routing protocol, the low-energy adaptive clustering hierarchy protocol. Last, it measures the impact of the abandonment attack on the LEACH protocol. In the end, this paper finds that the abandonment attack increases the collision rate and the end-to-end delay on the LEACH protocol and decreases the network lifetime.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Alhawas A, Thomas N

Editor(s): Gribaudo, M; Iacono, M; Phung-Duc, T; Razumchik, R;

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: European Performance Engineering Workshop (EPEW 2019)

Year of Conference: 2020

Online publication date: 03/04/2020

Acceptance date: 28/10/2019

Date deposited: 03/11/2020

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-44411-2_1

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9783030444105