P2P clients contacting a honeypot

> By Oussama Allali, Matthieu Latapy and Clémence Magnien

P2P clients contacting a honeypot

P2P clients contacting a honeypot

We observe the peers interested in a given file in a P2P system with a honeypot: our peer claims that it provides this file, and then registers the queries it receives from other peers.

The plot represents the number of distinct peers observed since the beginning of a 16-days measurement

We implemented two variants: our honeypot does not answer to queries received from other peers (red plot) or it sends random content (blue plot).

One may observe that, despite the fact that we do not actually provide the claimed content, we continuously observe new peers contacting us. However, the rate at which new peers are observed seems to slow down if we send no content at all, while it seems to remain constant when we send random content. However, more measurements and analysis are needed to conclude.

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