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See detailMulti-Antenna Data-Driven Eavesdropping Attacks and Symbol-Level Precoding Countermeasures
Mayouche, Abderrahmane UL; Alves Martins, Wallace UL; Tsinos, Christos UL et al

in IEEE Open Journal of Vehicular Technology (2021)

In this work, we consider secure communications in wireless multi-user (MU) multiple-input single-output (MISO) systems with channel coding in the presence of a multi-antenna eavesdropper (Eve), who is a ... [more ▼]

In this work, we consider secure communications in wireless multi-user (MU) multiple-input single-output (MISO) systems with channel coding in the presence of a multi-antenna eavesdropper (Eve), who is a legit user trying to eavesdrop other users. In this setting, we exploit machine learning (ML) tools to design soft and hard decoding schemes by using precoded pilot symbols as training data. The proposed ML frameworks allow an Eve to determine the transmitted message with high accuracy. We thereby show that MU-MISO systems are vulnerable to such eavesdropping attacks even when relatively secure transmission techniques are employed, such as symbol-level precoding (SLP). To counteract this attack, we propose two novel SLP-based schemes that increase the bit-error rate at Eve by impeding the learning process. We design these two security-enhanced schemes to meet different requirements regarding runtime, security, and power consumption. Simulation results validate both the ML-based eavesdropping attacks as well as the countermeasures, and show that the gain in security is achieved without affecting the decoding performance at the intended users. [less ▲]

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See detailData-driven Precoded MIMO Detection Robust to Channel Estimation Errors
Mayouche, Abderrahmane UL; Alves Martins, Wallace UL; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL et al

in IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society (2021)

We study the problem of symbol detection in downlink coded multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) systems with precoding and without the explicit knowledge of the channel-state information (CSI) at the ... [more ▼]

We study the problem of symbol detection in downlink coded multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) systems with precoding and without the explicit knowledge of the channel-state information (CSI) at the receiver. In this context, we investigate the impact of imperfect CSI at the transmitter (CSIT) on the detection performance. We first model the CSIT degradation based on channel estimation errors to investigate its impact on the detection performance at the receiver. To mitigate the effect of CSIT deterioration at the latter, we propose learning based techniques for hard and soft detection that use downlink precoded pilot symbols as training data. We note that these pilots are originally intended for signal-to-interference-plus-noise ratio (SINR) estimation. We validate the approach by proposing a lightweight implementation that is suitable for online training using several state-of-the-art classifiers. We compare the bit error rate (BER) and the runtime complexity of the proposed approaches where we achieve superior detection performance in harsh channel conditions while maintaining low computational requirements. Specifically, numerical results show that severe CSIT degradation impedes the correct detection when a conventional detector is used. However, the proposed learning-based detectors can achieve good detection performance even under severe CSIT deterioration, and can yield 4-8 dB power gain for BER values lower than 10-4 when compared to the classic linear minimum mean square error (MMSE) detector. [less ▲]

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See detailA Novel Learning-based Hard Decoding Scheme and Symbol-Level Precoding Countermeasures
Mayouche, Abderrahmane UL; Alves Martins, Wallace UL; Tsinos, Christos G. et al

in IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC), Najing 29 March to 01 April 2021 (2021)

In this work, we consider an eavesdropping scenario in wireless multi-user (MU) multiple-input single-output (MISO) systems with channel coding in the presence of a multi-antenna eavesdropper (Eve). In ... [more ▼]

In this work, we consider an eavesdropping scenario in wireless multi-user (MU) multiple-input single-output (MISO) systems with channel coding in the presence of a multi-antenna eavesdropper (Eve). In this setting, we exploit machine learning (ML) tools to design a hard decoding scheme by using precoded pilot symbols as training data. Within this, we propose an ML framework for a multi-antenna hard decoder that allows an Eve to decode the transmitted message with decent accuracy. We show that MU-MISO systems are vulnerable to such an attack when conventional block-level precoding is used. To counteract this attack, we propose a novel symbol-level precoding scheme that increases the bit-error rate at Eve by obstructing the learning process. Simulation results validate both the ML-based attack as well as the countermeasure, and show that the gain in security is achieved without affecting the performance at the intended users. [less ▲]

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See detailLearning-Assisted Eavesdropping and Symbol-Level Precoding Countermeasures for Downlink MU-MISO Systems
Mayouche, Abderrahmane UL; Spano, Danilo UL; Tsinos, Christos UL et al

in IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society (2020), 1

In this work, we introduce a machine-learning (ML) based detection attack, where an eavesdropper (Eve) is able to learn the symbol detection function based on precoded pilots. With this ability, an Eve ... [more ▼]

In this work, we introduce a machine-learning (ML) based detection attack, where an eavesdropper (Eve) is able to learn the symbol detection function based on precoded pilots. With this ability, an Eve can correctly detect symbols with a high probability. To counteract this attack, we propose a novel symbol-level precoding (SLP) scheme that enhances physical-layer security (PLS) while guaranteeing a constructive interference effect at the intended users. Contrary to conventional SLP schemes, the proposed scheme is robust to the ML-based attack. In particular, the proposed scheme enhances security by designing Eve's received signal to lie at the boundaries of the detection regions. This distinct design causes Eve's detection decisions to be based almost purely on noise. The proposed countermeasure is then extended to account for multi-antennas at the Eve and also for multi-level modulation schemes. In the numerical results, we validate both the detection attack and the countermeasures and show that this gain in security can be achieved at the expense of only a small additional power consumption at the transmitter, and more importantly, these benefits are obtained without affecting the performance at the intended user. [less ▲]

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See detailMachine learning for physical-layer security: Attacks and SLP Countermeasures for Multiantenna Downlink Systems
Mayouche, Abderrahmane UL; Spano, Danilo; Tsinos, Christos UL et al

Scientific Conference (2019, December)

Most physical-layer security (PLS) work employ information theoretic metrics for performance analysis. In this paper, however, we investigate PLS from a signal processing point of view, where we rely on ... [more ▼]

Most physical-layer security (PLS) work employ information theoretic metrics for performance analysis. In this paper, however, we investigate PLS from a signal processing point of view, where we rely on bit-error rate (BER) at the eavesdropper (Eve) as a metric for information leakage. Meanwhile, recently, symbol-level precoding (SLP) has been shown to provide PLS gains as a new way for security. However, in this work, we introduce a machine learning (ML) based attack, where we show that even SLP schemes can be vulnerable to such attacks. Namely, this attack manifests when an eavesdropper (Eve) utilizes ML in order to learn the precoding pattern when precoded pilots are sent. With this ability, an Eve can decode data with favorable accuracy. As a countermeasure to this attack, we propose a novel precoding design. The proposed countermeasure yields high BER at the Eve, which makes symbol detection practically infeasible for the latter, thus providing physical-layer security between the base station (BS) and the users. In the numerical results, we validate both the attack and the countermeasure, and show that this gain in security can be achieved at the expense of only a small additional power consumption at the transmitter. [less ▲]

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