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ZombieCoin: Powering Next-Generation Botnets with Bitcoin

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Taha Ali, Patrick McCorry, Dr Peter Lee, Professor Feng Hao


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Botnets are the preeminent source of online crime and arguably the greatest threat to the Internet infrastructure. In this paper, we present ZombieCoin, a botnet command-and-control (C&C) mechanism that runs on the Bitcoin network. ZombieCoin offers considerable advantages over existing C&C techniques, most notably the fact that Bitcoin is designed to resist the very regulatory processes currently used to combat botnets. We believe this is a desirable avenue botmasters may explore in the near future and our work is intended as a first step towards devising effective countermeasures.

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Author(s): Ali ST, McCorry P, Lee PHJ, Hao F

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: FC 2015 International Workshops, BITCOIN, WAHC, and Wearable

Year of Conference: 2015

Pages: 34-48

Print publication date: 05/09/2015

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-48051-9_3

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Series Title: Financial Cryptography and Data Security

ISBN: 9783662480502