A black hole attack is a severe attack that can be easily employed against routing in sensor networks. In a black hole attack, a malicious node spuriously announces a short route to the sink node (the destination) to attract additional traffic to the malicious node and then drops them. In this paper, we propose a hierarchical secure routing protocol for detecting and defending against black hole attacks. The proposed protocol uses only symmetric key cryptography to discover a safe route against black hole attacks. The comparison of the proposed protocol with two other existing approaches proves that the proposed scheme is faster in detecting black hole attacks with much lower message overhead.

Meeting Name

IEEE International Conference on Sensor Networks, Ubiquitous, and Trustworthy Computing (SUTC'06)


Computer Science

Keywords and Phrases

Black Hole Attack; Sensor Networks

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Final Version

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© 2006 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), All rights reserved.

Publication Date

01 Jan 2006