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Army of Botnets Ryan Vogt, John Aycock, and Michael J. Jacobson, Jr.
 

Summary: Army of Botnets
Ryan Vogt, John Aycock, and Michael J. Jacobson, Jr.
Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary
2500 University Drive N.W., Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
{vogt,aycock,jacobs}@cpsc.ucalgary.ca
Abstract
The trend toward smaller botnets may be more danger-
ous than large botnets, in terms of large-scale attacks like
distributed denials of service. We examine the possibility
of "super-botnets," networks of independent botnets that
can be coordinated for attacks of unprecedented scale. For
an adversary, super-botnets would also be extremely ver-
satile and resistant to countermeasures. As such, super-
botnets must be examined by the research community, so
that defenses against this threat can be developed proac-
tively. Our simulation results shed light on the feasibility
and structure of super-botnets and some properties of their
command-and-control mechanism. New forms of attack that
super-botnets can launch are explored, and possible de-
fenses against the threat of super-botnets are suggested.

  

Source: Aycock, John - Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences