Analyzing spammers' social networks for fun and profit Conference Paper uri icon


  • In this paper, we perform an empirical analysis of the cyber criminal ecosystem on Twitter. Essentially, through analyzing inner social relationships in the criminal account community, we find that criminal accounts tend to be socially connected, forming a small-world network. We also find that criminal hubs, sitting in the center of the social graph, are more inclined to follow criminal accounts. Through analyzing outer social relationships between criminal accounts and their social friends outside the criminal account community, we reveal three categories of accounts that have close friendships with criminal accounts. Through these analyses, we provide a novel and effective criminal account inference algorithm by exploiting criminal accounts'social relationships and semantic coordinations.

name of conference

  • WWW 2012: 21st World Wide Web Conference 2012

published proceedings

  • Proceedings of the 21st international conference on World Wide Web

author list (cited authors)

  • Yang, C., Harkreader, R., Zhang, J., Shin, S., & Gu, G.

citation count

  • 201

complete list of authors

  • Yang, Chao||Harkreader, Robert||Zhang, Jialong||Shin, Seungwon||Gu, Guofei

publication date

  • April 2012


  • ACM  Publisher