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Privacy threats related to user profiling in online social networks
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Computer Science and Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3219-9598
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Computing.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9316-4842
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Computing.
2012 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The popularity of Online Social Networks (OSNs) has increased the visibility of users profiles and interactions performed between users. In this paper we structure different privacy threats related to OSNs and describe six different types of privacy threats. One of these threats, named public information harvesting, is previously not documented so we therefore present it in further detail by also presenting the results from a proof-of-concept implementation of that threat. The basis of the attack is gathering of user interactions from various open groups on Facebook which then is transformed into a social interaction graph. Since the data gathered from the OSN originates from open groups it could be executed by any third-party connected to the Internet independently of the users' privacy settings. In addition to presenting the different privacy threats we also we propose a range of different protection techniques.

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IEEE , 2012.
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Computer Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-6928DOI: 10.1109/SocialCom-PASSAT.2012.16Local ID: 978-076954848-7OAI: diva2:834483
ASE/IEEE International Conference on Social Computing, SocialCom 2012 and the 2012 ASE/IEEE International Conference on Privacy, Security, Risk and Trust, PASSAT 2012, Amsterdam

Article number6406334

Available from: 2013-07-01 Created: 2013-07-01 Last updated: 2015-10-27Bibliographically approved

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