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TorrentGuard: Stopping scam and malware distribution in the BitTorrent ecosystem

Cuevas, Rubén and Kryczka, Michal and González, Roberto and Cuevas, Ángel and Azcorra, Arturo (2014) TorrentGuard: Stopping scam and malware distribution in the BitTorrent ecosystem. [Journal Articles]

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Abstract

In this paper we conduct a large scale measurement study in order to analyse the fake content publishing phenomenon in the BitTorrent ecosystem. Our results reveal that fake content represents an important portion (35%) of those files shared in BitTorrent and just a few tens of users are responsible for 90% of this content. Furthermore, more than 99% of the analysed fake files are linked to either malware or scam websites. This creates a serious threat for the BitTorrent ecosystem. To address this issue, we present a new tool named TorrentGuard for the early detection of fake content. Based on our evaluation this tool may prevent end users from downloading more than 35 millions fake files per year. This could help to reduce the number of computer infections and scams suffered by BitTorrent users. TorrentGuard is already available and it can be accessed through both a webpage or a Vuze plugin.

Item Type: Journal Articles
Uncontrolled Keywords: Peer-to-peer networking; BitTorrent; Malware distribution
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Rebeca De Miguel
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2014 07:32
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2016 10:01
URI: http://eprints.networks.imdea.org/id/eprint/680

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