Corpus ID: 204743963

Lateral Astroturfing Attacks on Twitter Trending Topics

  title={Lateral Astroturfing Attacks on Twitter Trending Topics},
  author={Tugrulcan Elmas and Rebekah Overdorf and Ahmed Furkan {\"O}zkalay and Karl Aberer},
Astroturfing attacks use automated accounts to artificially propel a chosen keyword to the top of Twitter trending topics. Lateral astroturfing is a sophisticated subset of such attacks in which the automated tweets 1) are posted by compromised accounts and 2) are deleted immediately after they are created. The former makes the attack more effective and the latter aids in evading detection. We present the first large-scale analysis of lateral astroturfing attacks. We detected over 20 thousand… Expand
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