A SMS-based mobile botnet using flooding algorithm

Jingyu Hua, Kouichi Sakurai

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30 被引用数 (Scopus)


As a lot of sophisticated duties are being migrated to mobile phones, they are gradually becoming hot targets of hackers. Actually, during the past few years, It has appeared many malware targeting mobile phones and the situation is getting worse. Under this circumstance, we may ask a serious question: whether can those infected phones be organized to a botnet? In this paper, we present a design of such a botnet using Short Message Service (SMS) as its Command and Control (C&C) medium. We cover all the aspects of the botnet design including the stealthiness protection, the topology selecting and the botnet maintaining. Our simulations show that in our proposed SMS-based botnet a newly issued C&C message can be covertly propagated to over 90% of the total 20000 bots within 20 minutes based on a simple flooding algorithm. Moreover, in this process each bot sends no more than four SMS messages and the botnet is robust to both random and selective node failures. Thereby, we demonstrate that the proposed mobile botnet is indeed a serious threat on the security of the mobile computing environment. For this reason, we further explore several effective defense strategies against such a botnet. In doing so, we hope to be one step ahead of the hackers to discover and prevent this upcoming threat.

ホスト出版物のタイトルInformation Security Theory and Practice
ホスト出版物のサブタイトルSecurity and Privacy of Mobile Devices in Wireless Communication - 5th IFIP WG 11.2 International Workshop, WISTP 2011, Proceedings
出版ステータス出版済み - 2011
イベント5th Workshop in Information Security Theory and Practice, WISTP 2011 - Heraklion, Crete, ギリシャ
継続期間: 6 1 20116 3 2011


名前Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
6633 LNCS


その他5th Workshop in Information Security Theory and Practice, WISTP 2011
CityHeraklion, Crete

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • 理論的コンピュータサイエンス
  • コンピュータ サイエンス(全般)


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