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International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks
Volume 3 (2007), Issue 1, Pages 105-117
Original Article

Anonymous Routing for Mobile Wireless Ad Hoc Networks

1Department of Computer Science, Louisiana State University, USA
2Faculty of Information Engineering, Fukuoka Institute of Technology, Japan

Copyright © 2007 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Wireless Mobile Ad Hoc Networks are particularly vulnerable due to their fundamental characteristics such as an open medium, dynamic topology, distributed cooperation, and constrained capability. Location information of nodes can be critical in wireless ad hoc networks, especially in those deployed for military purposes. In this paper, we present two Protocols for anonymous routing to prevent location disclosure attacks. The Protocol for Anonymous Routing (PAR) guarantees absolute anonymity, which itself might cause problems as it would become hard to identify malicious and misbehaving nodes. PAR-Enhanced trades off some anonymity to enable detection of malicious and misbehaving nodes.