Security and Privacy in Communication Networks. 8th International ICST Conference, SecureComm 2012, Padua, Italy, September 3-5, 2012. Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

The Unbearable Lightness of Monitoring: Direct Monitoring in BitTorrent

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-36883-7_12,
        author={Tom Chothia and Marco Cova and Chris Novakovic and Camilo Toro},
        title={The Unbearable Lightness of Monitoring: Direct Monitoring in BitTorrent},
        proceedings={Security and Privacy in Communication Networks. 8th International ICST Conference, SecureComm 2012, Padua, Italy, September 3-5, 2012. Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={SECURECOMM},
        year={2013},
        month={2},
        keywords={BitTorrent P2P monitoring copyright enforcement},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-36883-7_12}
    }
    
  • Tom Chothia
    Marco Cova
    Chris Novakovic
    Camilo Toro
    Year: 2013
    The Unbearable Lightness of Monitoring: Direct Monitoring in BitTorrent
    SECURECOMM
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-36883-7_12
Tom Chothia1, Marco Cova1, Chris Novakovic1, Camilo Toro1
  • 1: University of Birmingham

Abstract

It is known that BitTorrent file-sharing traffic is analysed to identify exchangers of copyrighted material. In general, copyright holders can perform monitoring using two approaches: , where indirect clues of the sharing activity of a peer are considered (e.g., its presence in the peer list of a tracker), and , which establishes connections with peers to estimate their participation in sharing activity. Previous research has focused exclusively on indirect monitoring. We provide a broader characterisation of the monitoring of BitTorrent activity by considering both indirect and direct monitoring. In particular, we review previous work on indirect monitoring, provide features to detect peers engaged in such monitoring, and apply them to identify a number of monitoring organisations. Additionally, we introduce features that detect direct monitors, and provide the first ever measurements of direct monitoring, showing that it is now occurring.