Experiments with P2PBotnet
Experimente zur Entdeckung von P2P Botnetzen
Lionel Rivìere, Sven Dietrich, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, USA
Summary Botnets, which are used to perform various ma-
licious activities, have become a major threat in recent years.
Spamming, phishing, stealing sensitive information, conducting
distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, scanning to find
more hosts to compromise using malware are the goals of many
botnets, sometimes of low-profile botnets such as the Nugache
botnet  which
The contribution “Experiments with P2Pbotnet
detection” by Rivière and Dietrich investigates malware
that is coordinated in so-called botnets, which act on be-
half of a human attacker to carry out campaigns of spam
and phishing, information stealing as well as distributed
denial of service attacks. Botnets with a peer-to-peer
structure are much harder to take down than centralized
botnets. The authors conduct experiments to validate an
a posteriori detection approach based on mutual contacts
that botnet peers exchange in a network.
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