Cybercrime at a scale: A practical study of deployments of HTTP-based botnet command and control panels

Aditya K. Sood, Sherali Zeadally, Rohit Bansal

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Abstract

Cybercriminals deploy botnets for conducting nefarious operations on the Internet. Botnets are managed on a large scale and harness the power of compromised machines, which are controlled through centralized portals known as C&C panels. C&C panels are considered as attackers' primary operating environment through which bots are controlled and updated at regular intervals of time. C&C panels also store information stolen from the compromised machines as a part of the data exfiltration activity. In this empirical study, we analyzed many over 9000 C&C web URLs to better understand the deployment and the operational characteristics of HTTP-based botnets.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7981519
Pages (from-to)22-28
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Communications Magazine
Volume55
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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