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A Multifaceted Approach to Understanding the Botnet Moheeb Abu Rajab Jay Zarfoss Fabian Monrose Andreas Terzis
 

Summary: A Multifaceted Approach to Understanding the Botnet
Phenomenon
Moheeb Abu Rajab Jay Zarfoss Fabian Monrose Andreas Terzis
Computer Science Department
Johns Hopkins University
ABSTRACT
While it is generally accepted that botnets are used as distributed
computing platforms for malicious activity, very little is known
about their behavior. To date, questions that range from assessing
the prevalence of botnet activity on the Internet to understating the
different types of botnets that exist, their behavior, and evolution
over time, are still unanswered. In this paper, we present our ef-
fort to improve the community's understanding of botnets through
a multifaceted distributed data collection infrastructure that cap-
tures the inherent diversity of botnet activities. Our infrastructure
was developed for the purpose of detecting, categorizing, and per-
sistently tracking large numbers of botnets. Throughout a mea-
surement period of more than three months, we captured and per-
sistently tracked 192 unique IRC botnets with memberships that
ranged from few hundred to several thousand infected end-hosts.

  

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

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences