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Tracking the Trackers: Fast and Scalable Dynamic Analysis of Web Content for Privacy Violations

JavaScript-based applications are very popular on the web today. However, the lack of effective protection makes various kinds of privacy violation attack possible, including cookie stealing, history sniffing and behavior tracking. There have been studies of the prevalence of such attacks, but the dynamic nature of the JavaScript language makes reasoning about the information flows in a web application a challenging task. Previous small-scale studies do not present a complete picture of privacy violations of today's web, especially in the context of Internet advertisements and web analytics. In this paper, the authors present a novel, fast and scalable architecture to address the shortcomings of previous work.

Provided by: North Carolina State University Topic: Security Date Added: Jul 2012 Format: PDF

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