Sciweavers

Share
ICC
2009
IEEE

Revealing Social Networks of Spammers Through Spectral Clustering

9 years 8 months ago
Revealing Social Networks of Spammers Through Spectral Clustering
—To date, most studies on spam have focused only on the spamming phase of the spam cycle and have ignored the harvesting phase, which consists of the mass acquisition of email addresses. It has been observed that spammers conceal their identity to a lesser degree in the harvesting phase, so it may be possible to gain new insights into spammers’ behavior by studying the behavior of harvesters, which are individuals or bots that collect email addresses. In this paper, we reveal social networks of spammers by identifying communities of harvesters with high behavioral similarity using spectral clustering. The data analyzed was collected through Project Honey Pot, a distributed system for monitoring harvesting and spamming. Our main findings are (1) that most spammers either send only phishing emails or no phishing emails at all, (2) that most communities of spammers also send only phishing emails or no phishing emails at all, and (3) that several groups of spammers within communities ...
Kevin S. Xu, Mark Kliger, Yilun Chen, Peter J. Woo
Added 21 May 2010
Updated 21 May 2010
Type Conference
Year 2009
Where ICC
Authors Kevin S. Xu, Mark Kliger, Yilun Chen, Peter J. Woolf, Alfred O. Hero
Comments (0)
books