Networking

Detecting Social Network Profile Cloning

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Executive Summary

Social networking is one of the most popular Internet activities, with millions of users from around the world. The time spent on sites like Facebook or LinkedIn is constantly increasing at an impressive rate. At the same time, users populate their online profile with a plethora of information that aims at providing a complete and accurate representation of themselves. Attackers may duplicate a user's online presence in the same or across different social networks and, therefore, fool other users into forming trusting social relations with the fake profile. By abusing that implicit trust transferred from the concept of relations in the physical world, they can launch phishing attacks, harvest sensitive user information, or cause unfavorable repercussions to the legitimate profile's owner.

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