Security

Project Bloom: Empowering the Security Research Community Through Data Products and Computing

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Executive Summary

Cybercrime is a thriving multi-billion dollar underground economy. Web sites connected to phishing, malware, and scam spring up by the millions every day, and users are lured to them through creative spam, social engineering, and search-engine manipulation. Botnets, or armies of compromised user machines, are a major enabler in much of cybercrime today. They send spam, host malicious Web sites, and scan for vulnerable Web servers and other user machines to add to the army of botnets. Each of these aspects of cybercrime need to be studied in order to devise effective solutions against the problem. A crucial impediment encountered by the security community interested in studying cybercrime is the availability of appropriate data sets that offer insights into attackers' modus operandi.

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