Security

Identifying Botnets by Capturing Group Activities in DNS Traffic

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Executive Summary

Botnets have become the main vehicle to conduct online crimes such as DDoS, spam, phishing and identity theft. Even though numerous efforts have been directed towards detection of botnets, evolving evasion techniques easily thwart detection. Moreover, existing approaches can be overwhelmed by the large amount of data needed to be analyzed. In this paper, the authors propose a light-weight mechanism to detect botnets using their fundamental characteristics, i.e., group activity. The proposed mechanism, referred to as BotGAD (botnet group activity detector) needs a small amount of data from DNS traffic to detect botnet, not all network traffic content or known signatures.

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