CARONTE: crawling adversarial resources over non-trusted, high-profile environments

Michele Campobasso, Pavlo Burda, Luca Allodi

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Abstract

The monitoring of underground criminal activities is often automated to maximize the data collection and to train ML models to automatically adapt data collection tools to different communities. On the other hand, sophisticated adversaries may adopt crawling-detection capabilities that may significantly jeopardize researchers' opportunities to perform the data collection, for example by putting their accounts under the spotlight and being expelled from the community. This is particularly undesirable in prominent and high-profile criminal communities where entry costs are significant (either monetarily or for example for background checking or other trust-building mechanisms). This paper presents CARONTE, a tool to semi-automatically learn virtually any forum structure for parsing and data-extraction, while maintaining a low profile for the data collection and avoiding the requirement of collecting massive datasets to maintain tool scalability. We showcase the tool against four underground forums, and compare the network traffic it generates (as seen from the adversary's position, i.e. the underground community’s server) against state-of-the-art tools for web-crawling as well as human users.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 4th IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy Workshops, EUROS and PW 2019
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages433-442
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781728130262
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019
Event4th IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy Workshops, EUROS and PW 2019 - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 17 Jun 201919 Jun 2019

Conference

Conference4th IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy Workshops, EUROS and PW 2019
CountrySweden
CityStockholm
Period17/06/1919/06/19

Keywords

  • Data collection
  • High-profile communities
  • Stealth monitoring
  • Underground

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