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Detection of Botnets using Honeypots and P2P Botnets

Author(s): Rajab Challoo & Raghavendra Kotapalli

Journal: International Journal of Computer Science and Security
ISSN 1985-1553

Volume: 5;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 496;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Peer-to-peer network | Botnet | Honeypot | Hijacking.

A “botnet” is a group of compromised computers connected to a network, which can be used forboth recognition and illicit financial gain, and it is controlled by an attacker (bot-herder). One ofthe counter measures proposed in recent developments is the “Honeypot”. The attacker whowould be aware of the Honeypot, would take adequate steps to maintain the botnet and henceattack the Honeypot (Infected Honeypot). In this paper we propose a method to remove theinfected Honeypot by constructing a peer-to-peer structured botnet which would detect theuninfected Honeypot and use it to detect botnets originally used by the attacker. Our simulationresults show that our method is very effective and can detect the botnets that are intended tomalign the network.

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