Measurement of eDonkey Activity with Distributed Honeypots

Oussama Allali, Matthieu Latapy and Clémence Magnien

Sixth International Workshop on Hot Topics in Peer-to-Peer Systems (Hot-P2P 2009), May 29, 2009, Rome, Italy

Collecting information about user activity in peer-to-peer systems is a key but challenging task. We describe here a distributed platform for doing so on the eDonkey network, relying on a group of honeypot peers which claim to have certain files and log queries they receive for these files. We then conduct some measurements with typical scenarios and use the obtained data to analyze the impact of key parameters like measurement duration, number of honeypots involved, and number of advertised files. This illustrates both the possible uses of our measurement system, and the kind of data one may collect using it.