Honeypot traces forensics : the observation view point matters

Pham, Van-Hau;Dacier, Marc
NSS 2009, 3rd International Conference on Network and System Security, October 19-21, 2009, Gold Cost, Australia

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In this paper, we propose a method to identify and group together traces left on low interaction honeypots by  machines belonging to the same botnet(s) without having any a priori information at our disposal regarding these botnets. In  other terms, we offer a solution to detect new botnets thanks  to very cheap and easily deployable solutions. The approach is validated thanks to several months of data collected with the  worldwide distributed Leurr´e.com system. To distinguish the  relevant traces from the other ones, we group them according  to either the platforms, i.e. targets hit or the countries of  origin of the attackers. We show that the choice of one of these two observation viewpoints dramatically influences the  results obtained. Each one reveals unique botnets. We explain why. Last but not least, we show that these botnets remain  active during very long periods of times, up to 700 days, even if the traces they left are only visible from time to time.



Gold Cost
Digital Security
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