Examining social dynamics for countering botnet attacks

Ziming Zhao, Gail-Joon Ahn, Hongxin Hu

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4 Scopus citations


Even though promising results have been obtained from existing research on bots and associated command and control channels, there is little research in exploring the ways on how bots are created and distributed by adversaries. Consequently, innovative methods that help determine the linkage between the rogue programs and adversaries are imperative for mitigating and combating botnet attacks. Recent study discovers that rogue programs are sold in black markets in online social networks and adversaries use online social networks to coordinate attacks. Correlation of botnet attacks and activities in online underground social networks is crucial to tactically cope with net-centric threats. In this paper, we take the first step toward adversarial behavior identification by modeling social dynamics of underground adversarial communities and tracing the origin of certain malwares and attack events in underground communities. We also describe our evaluation to demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2011 IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, GLOBECOM 2011
StatePublished - 2011
Event54th Annual IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference: "Energizing Global Communications", GLOBECOM 2011 - Houston, TX, United States
Duration: Dec 5 2011Dec 9 2011

Publication series

NameGLOBECOM - IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference


Other54th Annual IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference: "Energizing Global Communications", GLOBECOM 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHouston, TX

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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