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Socellbot: A New Botnet Design to Infect Smartphones Via Online Social Networking

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Executive Summary

Given the popularity of both Smartphones and online social networking, it is only a matter of time before attackers exploit both to launch new types of attacks. In this paper, the authors propose a new cellular botnet named SoCellBot that exploits Online Social Networks (OSNs) to recruit bots and uses OSN messaging systems as communication channels between bots. Their proposed botnet is the first that uses the OSN platform as a means to control cellular bots. The structure and characteristics of OSNs make this botnet harder to detect, more resilient to bot failures and more cost-effective to cellular bots.

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