March 18, 2013: ESP-IGERT Colloquia - Chris Kanich: "Dirty Jobs: The Role of Freelance Labor in Web Service Abuse"

ESP-IGERT Colloquia

Dirty Jobs: The Role of Freelance Labor in Web Service Abuse

Chris Kanich
Monday, March 18, 2013
2:00 p.m., 1000 SEO Building


Modern Web services inevitably engender abuse, as attackers ?nd ways to exploit a service and its user base. However, while defending against such abuse is generally considered a technical endeavor, we argue that there is an increasing role played by human labor markets. Using over seven years of data from the popular crowd sourcing site, as well data from our own active job solicitations, we characterize the labor market involved in service abuse. We identify the largest classes of abuse work, including account creation, social networking link generation and search engine optimization support, and characterize how pricing and demand have evolved in supporting this activity.

Brief Bio:

Chris Kanich is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Department of Computer Science. He received his Ph.D. from the UC San Diego Department of Computer Science and Engineering, studying in the Systems and Networking Group under Geoffrey M. Voelker and Stefan Savage. His current work includes analysis of Internet attackers' financial successes, investigating human factors in effective Internet security mechanisms, and employing economic analysis tools to cybercrime.

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