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dc.contributor.authorGerecht, Paul
McDonald, Rob
Sandler, Dan
Wallach, Dan S.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-02T22:03:04Z
dc.date.available 2017-08-02T22:03:04Z
dc.date.issued 2006-05-19
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/96350
dc.description.abstract The TrackBack protocol, conceived as a way to automatically link together web sites which reference one another, has become a new vector for spammers wishing to divert web surfers to their sites. A site which supports TrackBack allows any entity to inject arbitrary HTML code, plus the URL of the sender, into its pages; an attacker need only follow the TrackBack protocol to exploit the system and leverage such a site in a link farm. Current approaches to combating TrackBack spam are limited to content-based filters (of the sort currently used against email and weblog comment spam). In this paper, we propose a way to identify TrackBack spam by considering the relationship between the sender's URL and the site under attack. In particular, we observe that, for spam TrackBacks, the page at the given URL does not link to the page to which the TrackBack was sent. We have developed software for weblog authors that rejects TrackBacks from sources lacking this reciprocal link. Data collected from our users demonstrates that this test is 100% accurate at identifying and separating spam from legitimate TrackBacks.
dc.format.extent 6 pp
dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights You are granted permission for the noncommercial reproduction, distribution, display, and performance of this technical report in any format, but this permission is only for a period of forty-five (45) days from the most recent time that you verified that this technical report is still available from the Computer Science Department of Rice University under terms that include this permission. All other rights are reserved by the author(s).
dc.title Taking TrackBack Back (from Spam)
dc.type Technical report
dc.date.note May 19, 2006
dc.identifier.digital TR06-876
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dc.identifier.citation Gerecht, Paul, McDonald, Rob, Sandler, Dan, et al.. "Taking TrackBack Back (from Spam)." (2006) https://hdl.handle.net/1911/96350.


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