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Mevlut Turker Garip, Mehmet Emre Gursoy, Peter Reiher and Mario Gerla, "Congestion Attacks to Autonomous Cars Using Vehicular Botnets," Proceedings of NDSS Workshop on Security of Emerging Networking Technologies (SENT), San Diego, CA, February 2015.


The increasing popularity and acceptance of VANETs will make the deployment of autonomous vehicles easier and faster since the VANET will reduce dependence on expensive sensors. However, these benefits are counterbalanced by possible security attacks. We demonstrate a VANET-based botnet attack in an autonomous vehicle scenario that can cause serious congestion by targeting hot spot road segments. We show via simulation that the attack can increase the trip times of the cars in the targeted area by orders of magnitude. After 5 minutes, the targeted road becomes completely unusable. More importantly, the effect of such an attack is not confined to a specific hotspot; the congestion can spread to multiple roads and significantly affect the entire urban grid. We show that current countermeasures are not effective, and point to new possible defenses.

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Mevlut Turker Garip
Mehmet Emre Gursoy
Peter Reiher
Mario Gerla

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    address = {San Diego, CA},
    author = {Garip, Mevlut Turker and Gursoy, Mehmet Emre and Reiher, Peter and Gerla, Mario},
    booktitle = {NDSS Workshop on Security of Emerging Networking Technologies (SENT)},
    month = {2},
    title = {{Congestion Attacks to Autonomous Cars Using Vehicular Botnets}},
    year = {2015},

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