Epidemiological modelling of peer-to-peer viruses and pollution

Title Epidemiological modelling of peer-to-peer viruses and pollution
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsThommes, R. W., and M. J. Coates
Conference NameIEEE Infocom
Date Published04/2011
Conference LocationBarcelona, Spain

The popularity of peer-to-peer (P2P) networks makes them an attractive target to the creators of viruses and other malicious code. Recently a number of viruses designed specifically to spread via P2P networks have emerged. Pollution has also become increasingly prevalent as copyright holders inject
multiple decoy versions in order to impede item distribution. In this paper we derive deterministic epidemiological models for the propagation of a P2P virus through a P2P network and the dissemination of pollution. We report on discrete simulations that provide some verification that the models remain sufficiently accurate despite variations in individual peer conduct to provide insight into the behaviour of the system. The paper examines the steady-state behaviour and illustrates how the models may be used to estimate in a computationally efficient manner how effective object reputation schemes will be in mitigating the impact of viruses and preventing the spread of pollution.

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