Botnets as a Vehicle for Online Crime
December 2005 • White Paper
In this paper, the authors describe the capabilities present in bot malware and the motivations for operating botnets.
Software Engineering Institute
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.