Stealing reality

Yaniv Altshuler, Nadav Aharony, Yuval Elovici, Alex Pentl, , Manuel Cebrian

arXiv preprint arXiv:1010.1028, 2010

In this paper we discuss the threat of malware targeted at extracting information about the relationships in a real-world social network as well as characteristic information about the individuals in the network, which we dub Stealing Reality. We present Stealing Reality, explain why it differs from traditional types of network attacks, and discuss why its impact is significantly more dangerous than that of other attacks. We also present our initial analysis and results regarding the form that an SR attack might take, with the goal of promoting the discussion of defending against such an attack, or even just detecting the fact that one has already occurred.