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Is this your smart phone?: On connecting MAC-addresses to a specific individual using access point data
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Context. The potential to track individuals become greater and greater in the society today. We want to develop a method that is easy to understand so more people can participate in the discussion about the collection, and storing, of seemingly non-invasive device data and personal integrity.

Objectives. In this work we investigate the potential to connect a WiFi enabled device to a known individual by analysing log files. Since we want to keep the method as simple as possible we choose to not use machine learning because this might add unnecessary layers of complexity.

Methods. The conducted experiments were performed against a test group consisting of six persons. The dataset used consisted of authentication logs from a university WiFi-network collected during a month and data acquired by capturing WiFi-traffic.

Results. We were able to connect 67% of the targeted test persons to their smart phones and 60% to their laptops.

Conclusions. In this work we conclude that a device identifier in combination with data that can tie it to a location at a given time is to be seen as sensitive information with regard to personal integrity. We also conclude that it is possible to create and use an easy method to connect a device to a given person.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 59 p.
Keyword [en]
Surveillance mechanisms, Network privacy and anonymity, Social aspects of security and privacy, Mobile devices
National Category
Communication Systems Computer Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-10379OAI: diva2:839278
Subject / course
DV2524 Degree Project in Computer Science for Engineers
Educational program
DVACD Master of Science in Computer Security
Available from: 2015-08-04 Created: 2015-07-02 Last updated: 2015-08-04Bibliographically approved

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