Protecting web 2.0 services from botnet exploitations

Nguyen H. Vo, Josef Pieprzyk

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Recently, botnet, a network of compromised computers, has been recognized as the biggest threat to the Internet. The bots in a botnet communicate with the bot-net owner via a communication channel called Command and Control (C&C) channel. There are three main C&C channels: Internet Relay Chat (IRC), Peer-to-Peer (P2P) and web-based protocols. By exploiting the flexibility of the Web 2.0 technology, the web-based botnet has reached a new level of sophistication. In August 2009, such bot-net was found on Twitter, one of the most popular Web 2.0 services. In this paper, we will describe a new type of botnet that uses Web 2.0 service as a C&C channel and a temporary storage for their stolen information. We will then propose a novel approach to thwart this type of attack. Our method applies a unique identifier of the computer, an encryption algorithm with session keys and a CAPTCHA verification.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2nd Cybercrime and Trustworthy Computing Workshop, CTC 2010
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9780769541860
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event2nd Cybercrime and Trustworthy Computing Workshop, CTC - 2010 - Ballarat, Australia
Duration: 19 Jul 201020 Jul 2010


Other2nd Cybercrime and Trustworthy Computing Workshop, CTC - 2010

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