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Browser Anti-Fingerprinting as a pathway to Impersonation and Fraud

Haalstra, O.N.R. (2020) Browser Anti-Fingerprinting as a pathway to Impersonation and Fraud.

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Abstract:Browser fingerprinting can be used to uniquely identify users with very high accuracy. This is why companies, like banks, online merchandise and payment providers are using this additionally to passwords to protect users against fraud by cybercriminals. However, cybercriminals have found ways to circumvent these checks by utilising so called anti-fingerprinting browsers. With anti-fingerprinting browsers cybercriminals can circumvent browser fingerprinting and impersonate their victim effectively. In this study the market that revolves around these anti-fingerprinting browsers is studied. Stolen digital identities that can be used to configure anti-fingerprinting browsers are bought and subjected to a testing system that analyses the fingerprint. This leads to a proposed defence mechanism which increases the fingerprinted surface and shows that none of the anti-fingerprinting browsers were able to 100% accurately spoof another browsers and therefore fail to correctly impersonate one’s digital identity. This study shows that anti-fingerprinting browsers pose a serious threat within the cybercriminal landscape, but that this is not insurmountable as results have shown that a defence mechanism against browser anti-fingerprinting can be constructed.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Landelijke Eenheid Politie, Driebergen, Nederland
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science
Programme:Computer Science MSc (60300)
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