One-click hosting services: a file-sharing hideout

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One-click hosting services: a file-sharing hideout
File sharing using peer-to-peer (p2p) systems is a major Internet application and the leading source of network traffic today. However, the dominance of p2p systems for file sharing has been recently challenged by an increasing number of services, such as RapidShare and MegaUpload, which offer users the ability to share files through centralized servers, without relying on an underlying p2p infrastructure. These services, referred to as One-Click Hosting (OCH), have the potential to offer users better performance and availability than p2p systems. If they succeed, OCH services may become the leading platform for file sharing and eventually replace p2p systems for this purpose. In this paper, we present the first, to our knowledge, detailed study of OCH traffic and services focusing on the most popular such service: RapidShare. Through a combination of passive and active measurements, we attempt to understand their service architecture, usage patterns, and content characteristics...
Demetres Antoniades, Evangelos P. Markatos, Consta
Added 28 May 2010
Updated 28 May 2010
Type Conference
Year 2009
Where IMC
Authors Demetres Antoniades, Evangelos P. Markatos, Constantine Dovrolis
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