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Antisocial Networks: Turning a Social Network Into a Botnet

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Executive Summary

Antisocial Networks are distributed systems based on social networking Web sites that can be exploited by attackers, and directed to carry out network attacks. Malicious users are able to take control of the visitors of social sites by remotely manipulating their browsers through legitimate Web control functionality such as image-loading HTML tags, JavaScript instructions, etc. This paper experimentally shows that Social Network web sites have the ideal properties to become attack platforms. The massive adoption of social networks by Internet users provides with a unique opportunity to study possible exploits that will turn them into platforms for antisocial and illegal activities, like DDoS attacks, malware propagation, spamming, privacy violations, etc.

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