Spying on Android Users Through Targeted Ads

Eeva Terkki, Ashwin Rao, Sasu Tarkoma

Tutkimustuotos: Artikkeli kirjassa/raportissa/konferenssijulkaisussaKonferenssiartikkeliTieteellinenvertaisarvioitu


Targeted ads are a vital source of revenue for ad
networks, and ad networks compile detailed profiles of users
for targeting purposes. This wealth of private information can
motivate an attacker to spy on a victim by sampling the victim’s
information available at the ad networks. In this paper, we
explore the possibility to spy on an Android user by requesting
ads targeted at that user. During our controlled experiments, an
attacker was able to remotely request and receive mobile ads
using a leaked identifier belonging to their victim. The lack of
targeted ads from some of the studied ad networks, which we
believe to be partly caused by our geographical location, restricts
us from drawing strong conclusions on the success of such an
attack. However, we believe that our methodology can be used
to perform similar experiments to explore the success in spying
on Android users through targeted ads.
Otsikko2017 9th International Conference on Communication Systems and Networks (COMSNETS) : COMSNETS 2017
ISBN (elektroninen)978-1-5090-4250-0
DOI - pysyväislinkit
TilaJulkaistu - 2017
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA4 Artikkeli konferenssijulkaisuussa
TapahtumaInternational Conference on Communication Systems and Networks - Bangalore, Intia
Kesto: 4 tammikuuta 20178 tammikuuta 2017
Konferenssinumero: 9 (COMSNETS 2017)


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