ZombieCoin: Powering Next-Generation Botnets with Bitcoin

  title={ZombieCoin: Powering Next-Generation Botnets with Bitcoin},
  author={Syed Taha Ali and Patrick McCorry and Peter Hyun-Jeen Lee and Feng Hao},
  booktitle={Financial Cryptography Workshops},
Botnets are the preeminent source of online crime and arguably the greatest threat to the Internet infrastructure. In this paper, we present ZombieCoin, a botnet command-and-control (C&C) mechanism that runs on the Bitcoin network. ZombieCoin offers considerable advantages over existing C&C techniques, most notably the fact that Bitcoin is designed to resist the very regulatory processes currently used to combat botnets. We believe this is a desirable avenue botmasters may explore in the near… CONTINUE READING
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