Privacy-Aware Secure Anonymous Communication Protocol in CPSS Cloud Computing

Fengyin Li, Can Cui, Dongfeng Wang, Zhongxing Liu, Nebrase Elmrabit, Ying Wang, Huiyu Zhou*

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Cloud computing has emerged as a promising paradigm for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Cyber-Physical-Social Systems (CPSS). However, the problem of how to ensure the security of data transmission and data storage in CPSS is a key issue to address. We need to protect the confidentiality and privacy of users' data and users' identity during the transmission and storage process in CPSS. In order to avoid users' personal information leakage from IoT devices during the process of data processing and transmitting, we propose a certificateless encryption scheme, and conduct a security analysis under the assumption of Computational Diffie-Hellman(CDH) Problem. Furthermore, based on the proposed cryptography mechanism, we achieve a novel anonymous communication protocol to protect the identity privacy of communicating units in CPSS. In the new protocol, an anonymous communication link establishment method and an anonymous communication packet encapsulation format are proposed. The Diffie-Hellman key exchange algorithm is used to construct the anonymous keys distribution method in the new link establishment method. And in the new onion routing packet encapsulation format, the session data are firstly separated from the authentication data to decrease the number of cryptography operations. That is, by using the new onion routing packet we greatly reduces the encryption operations and promotes the forwarding efficiency of anonymous messages, implementing the privacy, security and efficiency in anonymous communication in cyber-physical-social systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62660-62669
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Access
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by the EU Horizon 2020 DOMINOES Project under Grant771066.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2013 IEEE.

Copyright 2020 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • anonymous communication
  • cloud computing
  • CPSS
  • Internet of Things
  • privacy protection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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