BotFinder: Finding Bots in Network Traffic Without Deep Packet Inspection
Bots are the root cause of many security problems on the Internet, as they send spam, steal information from infected machines, and perform distributed denial-of-service attacks. Many approaches to bot detection have been proposed, but they either rely on end-host installations, or, if they operate on network traffic, require deep packet inspection for signature matching. In this paper, the authors present BOTFINDER, a novel system that detects infected hosts in a network using only high-level properties of the bot's network traffic. BOTFINDER does not rely on content analysis.