An analysis of underground forums

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An analysis of underground forums
Botnet
Malware
Botnet/malware group
Exploit kits
Services BlackHatWorld, Carders, HackSector, HackE1ite, Freehack, L33tCrew
Feature Forum
Distribution vector
Target
Origin
Campaign
Operation/Working group
Vulnerability
CCProtocol
Date 2011 / 2011-11-02
Editor/Conference Proceedings of the 2011 ACM SIGCOMM Conference on Internet Measurement Conference
Link http://cseweb.ucsd.edu/~voelker/pubs/forums-imc11.pdf (Archive copy)
DOI: 10.1145/2068816.2068824
Author Marti Motoyama, Damon McCoy, Kirill Levchenko, Stefan Savage, Geoffrey M. Voelker
Type Conference paper or presentation

Abstract

Underground forums, where participants exchange information on abusive tactics and engage in the sale of illegal goods and services, are a form of online social network (OSN). However, unlike traditional OSNs such as Facebook, in underground forums the pattern of communications does not simply encode pre-existing social relationships, but instead captures the dynamic trust relationships forged between mutually distrustful parties. In this paper, we empirically characterize six different underground forums — BlackHatWorld, Carders, HackSector, HackE1ite, Freehack, and L33tCrew — examining the properties of the social networks formed within, the content of the goods and services being exchanged, and lastly, how individuals gain and lose trust in this setting.

Bibtex

 @misc{Motoyama2011BFR4507,
   editor = {Proceedings of the 2011 ACM SIGCOMM Conference on Internet Measurement Conference},
   author = {Marti Motoyama, Damon McCoy, Kirill Levchenko, Stefan Savage, Geoffrey M. Voelker},
   title = {An analysis of underground forums},
   date = {02},
   month = Nov,
   year = {2011},
doi = {10.1145/2068816.2068824}, howpublished = {\url{http://cseweb.ucsd.edu/~voelker/pubs/forums-imc11.pdf}}, }