False identities play an important role in advanced persisted threats and are also involved in other malicious activities. The present article focuses on the literature review of the state-of-the-art research aimed at detecting fake profiles in social media. The approaches to detecting fake social media accounts can be classified into the approaches aimed on analysing individual accounts, and the approaches capturing the coordinated activities spanning a large group of accounts. The article sheds light on the role of fake identities in advanced persistent threats and covers the mentioned approaches of detecting fake social media accounts.
Aleksei Romanov, Alexander Semenov, Oleksiy Mazhelis, Jari Veijalainen (University of Jyväskylä): Detection of Fake Profiles in Social Media – Literature Review