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An investigation of APT attacks and countermeasures for edge-based VANET

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posted on 2022-11-17, 05:01 authored by Yi He

Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) are among the most dangerous and sophisticated attacks against Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSs). Unlike traditional threats, APT attacks observe the target systems for a long period of time to fully comprehend the defensive mechanisms so they can bypass the sanity checks as well as all detection mechanisms. Once APTs penetrate the system and launch coordinated attacks, traffic safety is seriously threatened. Our research aims to explore potential attacks in a Vehicular Ad Hoc Network (VANET). The study covers Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communication, and presents a simple APT-like collaborative attack. Through a simulation experiment, we present a collaborative scenario that an APT-like attack may occur in the future intelligent transportation system. This research will not only contribute to the current vehicular intrusion detection systems’ design from the safety aspects but will also be extended to the countermeasures studies in the future.


Table of Contents

1 Introduction -- 2 Background -- 3 Related work -- 4 A coordinated multi-attack in VANET -- 5 Preliminary results and future direction -- 6 Conclusion -- A Appendix A: CVSS score equations -- B Appendix B: CVSS metric values -- C Appendix C: Installation steps for simulation software -- References


A thesis submitted to Macquarie University for the degree of Master of Research

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes


Thesis MRes, Macquarie University, School of Computing, 2022

Department, Centre or School

School of Computing

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Xi (James) Zheng

Additional Supervisor 1

Alireza Jolfaei


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