Inferring User Relationship from Hidden Information in WLANs

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Cheng, Ningning; Mohapatra, Prasant; Cunche, Mathieu; Kaafar, Dali; Boreli, Roksana; Krishnamurthy, Srikanth


2012-10-30


Conference Material


Military communications conference - MILCOM


Orlando, USA


1-6


With the ever increasing usage of handheld devices and vast deployment of wireless networks, we observe that it is possible to collect data from mobile devices and reveal personal relationships of their owners. In the paper, we exploit the hidden information collected from WLAN devices and infer individual relationships between device pairs based on three observation dimensions: network association history, physical proximity and spatial-temporal behavior. By measuring WLAN data, we demonstrate that device owners with social relationship tend to share common interest of access points, or show similar behavior patterns in wireless communications (e.g. go to the same place periodically to access the same WLAN network). These results can be exploited for various network analytic purposes.


WLAN, AP, wireless


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Cheng, Ningning; Mohapatra, Prasant; Cunche, Mathieu; Kaafar, Dali; Boreli, Roksana; Krishnamurthy, Srikanth. Inferring User Relationship from Hidden Information in WLANs.[Conference Material]. 2012-10-30. <a href="http://hdl.handle.net/102.100.100/99018?index=1" target="_blank">http://hdl.handle.net/102.100.100/99018?index=1</a>



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