Exploiting Temporal Persistence to Detect Covert Botnet Channels

  title={Exploiting Temporal Persistence to Detect Covert Botnet Channels},
  author={Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Giroire and Jaideep Chandrashekar and Nina Taft and Eve M. Schooler and Konstantina Papagiannaki},
We describe a method to detect botnet command and control traffic and individual end-hosts. We introduce the notion of ”destination traffic atoms” which aggregate the destinations and services that are communicated with. We then compute the ”persistence”, which is a measure of temporal regularity and that we propose in this paper, for individual destination atoms. Very persistent destination atoms are added to a host’s whitelist during a training period. Subsequently, we track the persistence… CONTINUE READING
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