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Spying the World from your Laptop -- Identifying and Profiling Content Providers and Big Downloaders in BitTorrent

Stevens Le Blond 1 Arnaud Legout 1 Fabrice Le Fessant 2 Walid Dabbous 1 Mohamed Ali Kaafar 1 
1 PLANETE - Protocols and applications for the Internet
Inria Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes, CRISAM - Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée
2 ASAP - As Scalable As Possible: foundations of large scale dynamic distributed systems
UR1 - Université de Rennes 1, Inria Saclay - Ile de France, INSA - Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique : UMR
Abstract : This paper presents a set of exploits an adversary can use to continuously spy on most BitTorrent users of the Internet from a single machine and for a long period of time. Using these exploits for a period of 103 days, we collected 148 million IPs downloading 2 billion copies of contents. We identify the IP address of the content providers for 70% of the BitTorrent contents we spied on. We show that a few content providers inject most contents into BitTorrent and that those content providers are located in foreign data centers. We also show that an adversary can compromise the privacy of any peer in BitTorrent and identify the big downloaders that we define as the peers who subscribe to a large number of contents. This infringement on users' privacy poses a significant impediment to the legal adoption of BitTorrent.
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Stevens Le Blond, Arnaud Legout, Fabrice Le Fessant, Walid Dabbous, Mohamed Ali Kaafar. Spying the World from your Laptop -- Identifying and Profiling Content Providers and Big Downloaders in BitTorrent. 3rd USENIX Workshop on Large-Scale Exploits and Emergent Threats (LEET'10), Usenix, Apr 2010, San Jose, CA, United States. ⟨inria-00470324⟩



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