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Examining Social Dynamics for Countering Botnet Attacks

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Executive Summary

Even though promising results have been obtained from existing research on bots and associated command and control channels, there is little research in exploring the ways on how bots are created and distributed by adversaries. Consequently, innovative methods that help determine the linkage between the rogue programs and adversaries are imperative for mitigating and combating botnet attacks. Recent study discovers that rogue programs are sold in black markets in online social networks and adversaries use online social networks to coordinate attacks. Correlation of botnet attacks and activities in online underground social networks is crucial to tactically cope with net-centric threats.

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