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Botnet Economics and Devising Defence Schemes From Attackers' Own Reward Processes

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Executive Summary

This paper focuses on botnet economics and design of defensive strategies. It takes the view that by combining scarce information on the attackers' business models, with rational economic analysis of these business processes, one can identify design rules for economic defense mechanisms which the target can implement, often in a cheap way in addition to technical means. A short survey of game theory in the security area is followed by a real case of an Internet casino. This leads to develop a model, applicable to this case and others, which is presented first qualitatively then quantitatively.

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