To add or not to add: Privacy and social honeypots

Hamed Haddadi, Pan Hui

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Abstract

Online Social Networks (OSNs) have become a mainstream cultural phenomenon in the past years, where million of people connect to each other and share memories, digital media and business relations. Many users also publish personal information about their activities, relationships, locations and interests on these sites, seemingly unaware of how these data can be used by other parties. Sites typically attempt to restrict data-sharing to members of a user's social network, but this is only effective if these social networks cannot be exploited by malicious users. In this paper we perform an experiment in order to assess the vulnerability and privacy awareness of users when engaging in online relations with random unknown users, or those pretending to be a famous character. We find that usually users do not accept random friendship requests, but some aggressively search for celebrities, making a perfect case for spammers to form honeypots using such fake profiles. We present a set of suggestions for enhancing privacy on social networks which could reduce the threats of identity theft in such environments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2010 IEEE International Conference on Communications Workshops, ICC 2010
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Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event2010 IEEE International Conference on Communications Workshops, ICC 2010 - Capetown, South Africa
Duration: 23 May 201027 May 2010

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Other2010 IEEE International Conference on Communications Workshops, ICC 2010
CountrySouth Africa
CityCapetown
Period23/5/1027/5/10

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Haddadi, H., & Hui, P. (2010). To add or not to add: Privacy and social honeypots. In 2010 IEEE International Conference on Communications Workshops, ICC 2010 [5503929] https://doi.org/10.1109/ICCW.2010.5503929

To add or not to add : Privacy and social honeypots. / Haddadi, Hamed; Hui, Pan.

2010 IEEE International Conference on Communications Workshops, ICC 2010. 2010. 5503929.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Haddadi, H & Hui, P 2010, To add or not to add: Privacy and social honeypots. in 2010 IEEE International Conference on Communications Workshops, ICC 2010., 5503929, 2010 IEEE International Conference on Communications Workshops, ICC 2010, Capetown, South Africa, 23/5/10. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICCW.2010.5503929
Haddadi H, Hui P. To add or not to add: Privacy and social honeypots. In 2010 IEEE International Conference on Communications Workshops, ICC 2010. 2010. 5503929 https://doi.org/10.1109/ICCW.2010.5503929
Haddadi, Hamed ; Hui, Pan. / To add or not to add : Privacy and social honeypots. 2010 IEEE International Conference on Communications Workshops, ICC 2010. 2010.
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