NCShield: Protecting Decentralized, Matrix Factorization-Based Network Coordinate Systems


Network Coordinate (NC) systems provide a scalable means for Internet distance prediction and are useful for various Internet-based services, such as cloud or web-based services. Decentralized, matrix factorization-based NC (MFNC) systems have received particular attention recently. They can serve large-scale distributed services (as opposed to centralized NC systems) and do not need to satisfy the triangle inequality (as opposed to Euclidean-based NC systems). However, because of their decentralized nature, MFNC systems are vulnerable to various malicious attacks. In this paper, we provide the first study on attacks toward MFNC systems, and propose a trust and reputation-based approach called <italic>NCShield</italic> to counter such attacks. It is fully decentralized and can easily be customized. Different from previous approaches, NCShield is able to distinguish between legitimate distance variations and malicious distance alterations. Using four representative data sets from the Internet, we show that NCShield can defend against not only the typical disorder, repulsion and isolation attacks, but also more advanced attacks such as frog-boiling attacks. For example, when selecting node pairs with a shorter distance than a predefined threshold in an online game scenario, even if 30 percent of nodes are malicious, NCShield can reduce the false positive rate from 45.5 to 3.7 percent.

DOI: 10.1109/TSC.2015.2437383

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@article{Chen2017NCShieldPD, title={NCShield: Protecting Decentralized, Matrix Factorization-Based Network Coordinate Systems}, author={Yang Chen and Shining Wu and Jun Li and Xiaoming Fu}, journal={IEEE Transactions on Services Computing}, year={2017}, volume={10}, pages={244-257} }