Stylometric linkability of tweets

Mishari Almishari*, Mohamed Ali Kaafar, Ekin Oguz, Gene Tsudik

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Microblogging is a very popular Internet activity that informs and entertains a large number of people via terse messages; e.g., tweets on Twitter. Even though microblogging does not emphasize privacy, authors can easily hide behind pseudonyms and multiple accounts on the same, or across multiple, site(s). In this paper, we explore stylometric linkability of tweets. Our results clearly demonstrate that multiple sets of tweets by the same author are easily linkable even when the number of possible authors is large. This is also confirmed by showing that linkability holds for a set of actual Twitter users who admittedly tweet via multiple accounts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th Workshop on Privacy in the Electronic Society
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages205-208
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450331487
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event13th Workshop on Privacy in the Electronic Society, WPES 2014, in Conjunction with the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security, ACM CCS 2014 - Scottsdale, United States
Duration: 3 Nov 2014 → …

Conference

Conference13th Workshop on Privacy in the Electronic Society, WPES 2014, in Conjunction with the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security, ACM CCS 2014
CountryUnited States
CityScottsdale
Period3/11/14 → …

Keywords

  • author attribution
  • linkability
  • microblogging

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