Generation of Automatic and Realistic Artificial Profiles Academic Article uri icon


  • Online social networks (OSNs) are abused by cyber criminals for various malicious activities. One of the most effective approaches for detecting malicious activity in OSNs involves the use of social network honeypots-artificial profiles that are deliberately planted within OSNs in order to attract abusers. Honeypot profiles have been used in detecting spammers, potential cyber attackers, and advanced attackers. Therefore, there is a growing need for the ability to reliably generate realistic artificial honeypot profiles in OSNs. In this research we present'ProfileGen'-a method for the automated generation of profiles for professional social networks, giving particular attention to producing realistic education and employment records.'ProfileGen'creates honeypot profiles that are similar to actual data by extrapolating the characteristics and properties of real data items. Evaluation by 70 domain experts confirms the met...

publication date

  • January 1, 2018