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The anonymity and dynamic characters of Peer-to-Peer (P2P) system makes it an ideal medium for selfish and vicious action. In order to solve this problem, P2P reputation systems are proposed to evaluate the trustworthiness of peers and to prevent the selfish, dishonest, and malicious peers' behaviors, which collects local reputation scores and aggregates them into the global reputation. In this paper we propose a DHT trust overlay network (DHTON) to model the network structure and the storage of reputation information. We also design a robust and distributing reputation system, DHTrust, which takes full advantage of the Distributed Hash Table (DHT) to distribute local reputation to trade off the damage of fake reputation information by genuine reputation information. By using the trust evaluation towards two reputation scores, we can also distinguish and evaluate the fundamental behaviors of peers in P2P network, i.e., providing service and issuing reputation scores. Through the simulation experiments, we find our system makes significant performance gains in convergence speed and aggregation accuracy, and the most important, is robust to malicious peers.
Date of Conference: 6-10 Dec. 2010