Re-evaluating the Wisdom of Crowds in Assessing Web Security [chapter]

Pern Hui Chia, Svein Johan Knapskog
2012 Lecture Notes in Computer Science  
We examine the outcomes of the Web of Trust (WOT), a user-based system for assessing web security and find that it is more comprehensive than three automated services in identifying 'bad' domains. Similarly to PhishTank, the participation patterns in WOT are skewed; however, WOT has implemented a number of measures to mitigate the risks of exploitation. In addition, a large percentage of its current user inputs are found to be based on objective and verifiable evaluation factors. We also
more » ... that users are concerned not only about malware and phishing. Online risks such as scams, illegal pharmacies and misuse of personal information are regularly brought up by the users. Such risks are not evaluated by the automated services, highlighting the potential benefits of user inputs. We also find a lack of sharing among the vendors of the automated services. We analyze the strengths and potential weaknesses of WOT and put forward suggestions for improvement.
doi:10.1007/978-3-642-27576-0_25 fatcat:5pu3ntruura4to4irxldedyl4a