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Cloud-Based Push-Styled Mobile Botnets: A Case Study of Exploiting the Cloud to Device Messaging Service

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Executive Summary

Given the popularity of Smartphones and mobile devices, mobile botnets are becoming an emerging threat to users and network operators. The authors propose a new form of cloud-based push-styled mobile botnets that exploits today's push notification services as a means of command dissemination. To motivate its practicality, they present a new Command and Control (C&C) channel using Google's Cloud To Device Messaging (C2DM) service, and develop a C2DM botnet specifically for the Android platform. They present strategies to enhance its scalability to large botnet coverage and its resilience against service disruption.

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