Inexpensive WiFi-capable hardware can be nowadays easily used to capture traffic from end users and extract knowledge. Such knowledge can be leveraged to support advanced services like user profiling, device classification. We review here the main building blocks to develop a system based on passive WiFi monitors, that is, cheap and viable sniffers which collect data from end devices even without an explicit association to any Wi-Fi network. We provide an overview of the services which can be enabled by such approach with three practical scenarios: user localization, user profiling and device classification. We evaluate the performance of each one of the three scenarios and highlight the challenges and threats for the aforementioned systems.

Building up knowledge through passive WiFi probes

Redondi, Alessandro E. C.;Cesana, Matteo
2018

Abstract

Inexpensive WiFi-capable hardware can be nowadays easily used to capture traffic from end users and extract knowledge. Such knowledge can be leveraged to support advanced services like user profiling, device classification. We review here the main building blocks to develop a system based on passive WiFi monitors, that is, cheap and viable sniffers which collect data from end devices even without an explicit association to any Wi-Fi network. We provide an overview of the services which can be enabled by such approach with three practical scenarios: user localization, user profiling and device classification. We evaluate the performance of each one of the three scenarios and highlight the challenges and threats for the aforementioned systems.
COMPUTER COMMUNICATIONS
Computer Networks and Communications
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