UCSC-SOE-14-05: A Botnet Detection Game

Braden Soper, John Musacchio
05/19/2014 03:06 PM
Applied Mathematics & Statistics
Botnets continue to constitute a major security threat to users of the internet. We examine a novel security game between the operator of a botnet and the legitimate users of the compromised network. The more a btotmaster utilizes his botnet, the more likely it is he will be detected by the legitimate users of the network. Thus he must balance stealth and aggression in his strategic utilization of his botnet. The legitimate users of the network then must decide how vigilant they will be in trying to detect the presence of the botnet infection.