Distributed Denial of Service Cyberbioattack Affecting Bacteria-based Biosensing Systems

Sergio Lopez Bernal, Daniel Perez Martins, Alberto Huertas Celdran

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Abstract

Bacteria are microorganisms found in the human body, and almost in everywhere, that recently they have been investigated as human gut's health indicator. After colonizing a surface, bacterial populations form biofilms, which is their natural protection mechanism against physical attacks, harmful chemical compounds and environmental changes. Recent studies have shown that bacteria can be engineered to act as biosensors and bioactuators, externally controlled by electric signals. Despite the benefits provided by biosensors in terms of metabolic diseases diagnosis and treatment, they also open the door to novel cyberbioattacks due to the impossibility of implementing security mechanisms in resource-constrained engineered bacteria. In this context, we have reproduced a distributed denial of service (DDoS) cyberbioattack performed by engineered bacteria that diffuse jamming signals affecting the production of the biofilm structure. A pool of experiments has shown that higher amplitudes and periods in the signal controlling the engineered bacteria have a greater impact on the biofilm disruption.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication17th International Conference on Electrical Engineering/Electronics, Computer, Telecommunications and Information Technology, ECTI-CON 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages279-282
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781728164861
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020
Event17th International Conference on Electrical Engineering/Electronics, Computer, Telecommunications and Information Technology, ECTI-CON 2020 - Virtual, Online, Thailand
Duration: 24 Jun 202027 Jun 2020

Publication series

Name17th International Conference on Electrical Engineering/Electronics, Computer, Telecommunications and Information Technology, ECTI-CON 2020

Conference

Conference17th International Conference on Electrical Engineering/Electronics, Computer, Telecommunications and Information Technology, ECTI-CON 2020
Country/TerritoryThailand
CityVirtual, Online
Period24/06/202027/06/2020

Keywords

  • bacteria
  • biofilm
  • cyberbiosecurity
  • cybersecurity
  • DDoS
  • engineered cells

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