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Attacking with Bitcoin: Using Bitcoin to build resilient botnet armies

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posted on 2021-01-01, 00:00 authored by Dimitri Kamenski, Arash Shaghaghi, Matthew Warren, Salil S Kanhere
We focus on the problem of botnet orchestration and discuss how attackers can leverage decentralised technologies to dynamically control botnets with the goal of having botnets that are resilient against hostile takeovers. We cover critical elements of the Bitcoin blockchain and its usage for ‘floating command and control servers’. We further discuss how blockchain-based botnets can be built and include a detailed discussion of our implementation. We also showcase how specific Bitcoin APIs can be used in order to write extraneous data to the blockchain. Finally, while in this paper, we use Bitcoin to build our resilient botnet proof of concept, the threat is not limited to Bitcoin blockchain and can be generalized.

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Event

CISIS 2020 - Computational Intelligence in Security for Information Systems. International Conference (13th : 2020 : Burgos, Spain)

Volume

1267

Series

Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing

Pagination

3 - 12

Publisher

Springer, Cham

Location

Burgos, Spain

Place of publication

Cham, Switzerland

Start date

2020-09-01

End date

2020-09-01

ISSN

2194-5357

eISSN

2194-5365

ISBN-13

9783030578046

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2021, The Editor(s) (if applicable) & The Authors

Editor/Contributor(s)

Álvaro Herrero, Carlos Cambra, Daniel Urda, Javier Sedano, Héctor Quintián

Title of proceedings

CISIS 2020 : Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Computational Intelligence in Security for Information Systems

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