Journal of Network and Systems Management

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 276–301

Measurement Based Analysis of One-Click File Hosting Services

  • Josep Sanjuàs-Cuxart
  • Pere Barlet-Ros
  • Josep Solé-Pareta
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10922-011-9202-4

Cite this article as:
Sanjuàs-Cuxart, J., Barlet-Ros, P. & Solé-Pareta, J. J Netw Syst Manage (2012) 20: 276. doi:10.1007/s10922-011-9202-4

Abstract

It is commonly believed that file sharing traffic on the Internet is mostly generated by peer-to-peer applications. However, we show that HTTP based file sharing services are also extremely popular. We analyzed the traffic of a large research and education network for three months, and observed that a large fraction of the inbound HTTP traffic corresponds to file download services, which indicates that an important portion of file sharing traffic is in the form of HTTP data. In particular, we found that two popular one-click file hosting services are among the top Internet domains in terms of served traffic volume. In this paper, we present an exhaustive study of the traffic generated by such services, the behavior of their users, the downloaded content, and their server infrastructure.

keywords

Traffic analysisHTTPFile sharingWeb applicationsRapidShareMegauploadPeer-to-peer

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Josep Sanjuàs-Cuxart
    • 1
  • Pere Barlet-Ros
    • 1
  • Josep Solé-Pareta
    • 1
  1. 1.Departament d’Arquitectura de ComputadorsUniversitat Politècnica de CatalunyaBarcelonaSpain