Statistical Assessment of Peer-to-Peer Botnet Features

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2013-04-17

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Godkin, Teghan

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Botnets are collections of compromised machines which are controlled by a remotely located adversary. Botnets are of signi cant interest to cybersecurity researchers as they are a core mechanism that allows adversarial groups to gain control over large scale computing resources. Recent botnets have become increasingly complex, relying on Peer-to-Peer (P2P) protocols for botnet command and control (C&C). In this work, a packet-level simulation of a Kademlia-based P2P botnet is used in conjunction with a statistical analysis framework to investigate how measured botnet features change over time and across an ensemble of simulations. The simulation results include non-stationary and non-ergodic behaviours illustrating the complex nature of botnet operation and highlighting the need for rigorous statistical analysis as part of the engineering process.

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botnets, machines, cybersecurity, statistical analysis

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