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Academic paper on the social media account market. Well worth a read.

Discussion in 'Social Networking Sites' started by hurtswhenipee, Apr 1, 2014.

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  1. hurtswhenipee

    hurtswhenipee Newbie

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    I've just been reading an interesting paper tonight (search Google for "USENIXtwitteraccountpaper.pdf" to find it).

    Really interesting whitehat paper on bulk social media account registration and sale. Gives a lot of insight into how it's done and how the big social companies try to deal with it. Thought some of you guys might find it useful/interesting (this forum is mentioned by name as one of the places they trolled/spied on).
     
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    hurtswhenipee Newbie

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    The other thing I was going to mention is that it functions as a kind of consumer report on the main account providers. They did a lot of research on the quality of purchased accounts, the rate at which vendors resell and re-access sold accounts, etc, and they name all the vendors they have that information for.
     
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    mackay22 Regular Member

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    rofl @ "miscreants"

    ;)
     
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    hurtswhenipee Newbie

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    Hahaha right...
     
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    I skimmed through it, not bad. I will probably sit down and read the whole thing later.
     
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    They purchased 120K+ accounts from 27 merchants, allowing them to identify millions of other fraudulent accounts (based on IPs), that were reported to twitter and consequently banned.

    I bet this pissed of a lot of black hat IMers.