On the impact of social botnets for spam distribution and digital-influence manipulation

Jinxue Zhang, Rui Zhang, Yanchao Zhang, Guanhua Yan

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Abstract

Online social networks (OSNs) are increasingly threatened by social bots which are software-controlled OSN accounts that mimic human users with malicious intentions. A social botnet refers to a group of social bots under the control of a single botmaster, which collaborate to conduct malicious behavior, while at the same time mimicking the interactions among normal OSN users to reduce their individual risk of being detected. We demonstrate the effectiveness and advantages of exploiting a social botnet for spam distribution and digital-influence manipulation through real experiments on Twitter and also trace-driven simulations. Our results can help understand the potentially detrimental effects of social botnets and help OSNs improve their bot(net) detection systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2013 IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security, CNS 2013
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages46-54
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781479908950
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Event1st IEEE International Conference on Communications and Network Security, CNS 2013 - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: Oct 14 2013Oct 16 2013

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Name2013 IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security, CNS 2013

Other

Other1st IEEE International Conference on Communications and Network Security, CNS 2013
CountryUnited States
CityWashington, DC
Period10/14/1310/16/13

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Zhang, J., Zhang, R., Zhang, Y., & Yan, G. (2013). On the impact of social botnets for spam distribution and digital-influence manipulation. In 2013 IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security, CNS 2013 (pp. 46-54). [6682691] (2013 IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security, CNS 2013). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/CNS.2013.6682691