Evaluating Bluetooth as a Medium for Botnet Command and Control

dc.contributor.author Jain, Nehil
dc.contributor.author Lee, Wenke
dc.contributor.author Sangal, Samrit
dc.contributor.author Singh, Kapil
dc.contributor.author Traynor, Patrick
dc.contributor.corporatename Georgia Institute of Technology. College of Computing
dc.contributor.corporatename Georgia Institute of Technology. School of Computer Science
dc.date.accessioned 2009-10-29T17:29:20Z
dc.date.available 2009-10-29T17:29:20Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.description.abstract Malware targeting mobile phones is being studied with increasing interest by the research community. While such attention has previously focused on viruses and worms, many of which use near-field communications in order to propagate, none have investigated whether more complex malware such as botnets can effectively operate in this environment. In this paper, we investigate the challenges of constructing and maintaining mobile phone-based botnets communicating nearly exclusively via Bluetooth. Through extensive large-scale simulation based on publicly available Bluetooth traces, we demonstrate that such a malicious infrastructure is possible in many areas due to the largely repetitive nature of human daily routines. In particular, we demonstrate that command and control messages can propagate to approximately 2/3 of infected nodes within 24 hours of being issued by the botmaster. We then explore how traditional defense mechanisms can be modified to take advantage of the same information to more effectively mitigate such systems. In so doing, we demonstrate that mobile phone-based botnets are a realistic threat and that defensive strategies should be modified to consider them. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1853/30918
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Georgia Institute of Technology en
dc.relation.ispartofseries SCS Technical Report ; GT-CS-09-11 en
dc.subject Botnets en
dc.subject Malware en
dc.subject Mobile phones en
dc.subject Near-field communications en
dc.title Evaluating Bluetooth as a Medium for Botnet Command and Control en
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dc.type.genre Technical Report
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local.contributor.author Lee, Wenke
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local.contributor.corporatename School of Computer Science
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