A Taxonomy of Domain-Generation Algorithms

Aditya K. Sood, Sherali Zeadally

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Domain-generation algorithms (DGAs) allow attackers to manage infection-spreading websites and command-and-control (C&C) deployments by altering domain names on a timely basis. DGAs have made the infection and C&C architecture more robust and supportive for attackers. This detailed taxonomy of DGAs highlights the problem and offers solutions to combat DGAs through detection of drive-by download and C&C activity from the compromised machine.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7535098
Pages (from-to)46-53
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Security and Privacy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016

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  • AGD
  • DGA
  • algorithmically generated domain
  • botnets
  • cybercrime
  • domain-generation algorithm
  • malware
  • security

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Law


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