Measurement of eDonkey Activity With Distributed Honeypots

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Executive Summary

Collecting information about user activity in peer-to-peer systems is a key but challenging task. The authors describe here a distributed platform for doing so on the eDonkey network, relying on a group of honeypot peers which claim to have certain files and log queries they receive for these files. They then conduct some measurements with typical scenarios and use the obtained data to analyze the impact of key parameters like measurement duration, number of honeypots involved, and number of advertised files. This illustrates both the possible uses of the measurement system, and the kind of data one may collect using it.

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