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Recommender systems have been accepted as a vital application on the web by offering product advice or information that users might be interested in. Despite its success, similarity-based collaborative filtering suffers from some significant limitations, such as scalability, sparsity and recommendation attack. Prior work has shown incorporating trust mechanism into traditional collaborative filtering recommender systems can improve these limitations. However, trust-based recommender systems are also known to be vulnerable to profile infection attacks. Malicious users can inject a large number of biased profiles into such a system in order to make recommendations that favor or disfavor given items. In this paper, we propose a bandwagon and average hybrid attack model and analysis the effectiveness of the attack model against topic-level trust-based recommender algorithm. The results of our experiments conducted on well-known dataset show that the hybrid attack model is more effective than other attack models.
Date of Conference: 5-6 Nov. 2011