The Dark Side of Social Media: Measuring & Analyzing Malicious Activity On Twitter and Facebook

Daniel Peck

Type of lecture: lecture
Language: EN
Held on 2011-06-18 13:20:00 (length: 50 min)
Location: Area 2

Social networks are becoming the way that non technical users interact with the rest of the world on the web, using them as forums, search engines, and publishing platforms. This popularity (and explosive growth rate) coupled with the the accessible API and an environment that foster a false sense of trust make it easy to spammers and attackers to exploit.
In this talk, we discuss the scale and history of malicious activity on social media, and, based on a comprehensive research study, we demonstrate how attackers respond rapidly to the large increases of users driven by celebrity attention, as well as review attacks across trending topics, URL shorteners, and applying ML techniques to reveal associations between users and establish the beginnings of a trust model that can be applied to users across multiple social networks.

Daniel Peck is a Research Scientist at BarracudaLabs. His current interest is in applying social media analysis to existing security solutions. Other notable research includes being the co-creator of Caffeine Monkey, a tool for performing behavioural profiling of javascript, and demonstrating arbitrary firmware uploads to control system devices ethernet cards. He has a BS in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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