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My Botnet is Bigger than Yours (Maybe, Better than Yours) : why size estimates remain challenging
 

Summary: My Botnet is Bigger than Yours (Maybe, Better than Yours) :
why size estimates remain challenging
Moheeb Abu Rajab Jay Zarfoss Fabian Monrose Andreas Terzis
Computer Science Department
Johns Hopkins University
Abstract
As if fueled by its own fire, curiosity and speculation
regarding botnet sizes abounds. Among researchers, in
the press, and in the classroom--the questions regard-
ing the widespread effect of botnets seem never-ending:
what are they? how many are there? what are they used
for? Yet, time and time again, one lingering question
remains: how big are today's botnets? We hear widely
diverging answers. In fact, some may argue, contradic-
tory. The root cause for this confusion is that the term
botnet size is currently poorly defined. We elucidate this
issue by presenting different metrics for counting bot-
net membership and show that they lead to widely dif-
ferent size estimates for a large number of botnets we
tracked. In particular, we show how several issues, in-

  

Source: Amir, Yair - Department of Computer Science, Johns Hopkins University

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences