DropBox is one of several third-party file-sharing services known as cyberlockers, which have become a popular means of distributing content. HTTP is the underlying protocol for cyberlockers, so anticipated increases in their volume, which is already a nonnegligible fraction of total Internet traffic, could drastically alter the characteristics of Web traffic.
Despite their popularity, the research to understand the characteristics ofcyberlocker traffic flows is limited. Using a year-long trace collected from a large campus network, an international research team presented a comprehensive characterization study of cyberlocker transport-layer traffic in a paper at the 37th Annual IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN 2012).
“Characterizing Cyberlocker Traffic Flows” and other LCN 2012 papers are available to both IEEE Computer Society members and paid subscribers via the Computer Society Digital Library.