Mobility

Andbot: Towards Advanced Mobile Botnets

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Executive Summary

With the rapid development of the computing and Internet access (i.e., using WiFi, GPRS and 3G) capabilities of smartphones, constructing practical mobile botnets has become an underlying trend. In this paper, the authors introduce the design of a mobile botnet called Andbot which exploits a novel Command and Control (C&C) strategy named URL Flux. The proposed Andbot would have desirable features including being stealthy, resilient and low-cost (i.e., low battery power consumption, low traffic consumption and low money cost) which promise to be appealing for botmasters. To prove the efficacy of their design, they implemented the prototype of Andbot in the most popular open source smartphone platform - Android (Google) - and evaluated it.

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