Business Model of a Botnet

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Abstract

Botnets continue to be an active threat against firms or companies and individuals worldwide. Previous research regarding botnets has unveiled information on how the system and their stakeholders operate, but an insight on the economic structure that supports these stakeholders is lacking. The objective of this research is to analyse the business model and determine the revenue stream of a botnet owner. We also study the botnet life-cycle and determine the costs associated with it on the basis of four case studies. We conclude that building a full scale cyber army from scratch is very expensive where as acquiring a previously developed botnet requires a little cost. We find that initial setup and monthly costs were minimal compared to total revenue.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 26th Euromicro International conference on Parallel, Distributed, and Network-Based Processing (PDP)
EditorsIgor Kotenko, Ivan Merelli, Pietro Lio
Place of PublicationCambridge, United Kingdom
PublisherIEEE
Pages441 - 445
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-4975-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-4976-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2018
Event26th Euromicro International Conference on Parallel, Distributed and Network-based Processing 2018 - Computer Laboratory, Cambridge , United Kingdom
Duration: 21 Mar 201823 Mar 2018
Conference number: 26
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Conference

Conference26th Euromicro International Conference on Parallel, Distributed and Network-based Processing 2018
Abbreviated titlePDP 2018
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityCambridge
Period21/03/1823/03/18
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Putman, C. G. J., Abhishta, A., & Nieuwenhuis, L. J. M. (2018). Business Model of a Botnet. In I. Kotenko, I. Merelli, & P. Lio (Eds.), 2018 26th Euromicro International conference on Parallel, Distributed, and Network-Based Processing (PDP) (pp. 441 - 445). Cambridge, United Kingdom: IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/PDP2018.2018.00077