Botnets as a Vehicle for Online Crime
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Overview: An analysis of real-world botnets indicates the increasing erudition of bot malware and its solicitous engineering as an effective tool for profit-motivated online crime. This analysis of source code and captured binaries has provided insight about: how botnets are built, what capabilities botnets possess, how botnets are operated, how botnets are maintained and protected The purpose of this paper is to increase understanding of the capabilities present in bot malware and the motivations for operating botnets. To increase the revenue potential per bot, spyware features have been engineered into the malware.