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Botnets as a Vehicle for Online Crime

  • Abstract

    An analysis of real-world botnets indicates the increasing sophistication of bot malware and its thoughtful engineering as an effective tool for profit-motivated online crime. Our analysis of source code and captured binaries has provided insight about:

    • how botnets are built
    • what capabilities botnets possess
    • how botnets are operated
    • how botnets are maintained and defended

    The purpose of this paper is to increase understanding of the capabilities present in bot malware and the motivations for operating botnets.  

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