FRAppE: Detecting Malicious Facebook Applications

With 20 million installs a day, third-party apps are a major reason for the popularity and addictiveness of Facebook. Unfortunately, hackers have realized the potential of using apps for spreading malware and spam. The problem is already significant, as the people find that at least 13% of apps in their dataset are malicious. So far, the research community has focused on detecting malicious posts and campaigns. In this paper, the authors ask the question: given a Facebook application, can they determine if it is malicious? Their key contribution is in developing FRAppE – Facebook’s Rigorous Application Evaluator – arguably the first tool focused on detecting malicious apps on Facebook.

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