BOTCLOUDS - The Future of Cloud-based Botnets?

Kassidy Clark, Martijn Warnier, Frances M. T. Brazier


Many Cloud Service Providers (CSP) offer access to scalable, reliable computing resources following a pay-as-you-go model. Research into security of the Cloud focusses mainly on protecting legitimate users of Cloud services from attacks by external, malicious users. Little attention is given to prohibit malicious users from using the Cloud to launch attacks, such as those currently done by botnets. These attacks include launching a DDoS attack, sending spam and perpetrating click fraud. This paper discusses the threat of Cloud-based botnets, or botclouds and the need for new techniques to detect them. Two experiments show how simple and cheaply these attacks can be launched from botclouds.


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Paper Citation

in Harvard Style

Clark K., Warnier M. and M. T. Brazier F. (2011). BOTCLOUDS - The Future of Cloud-based Botnets? . In Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science - Volume 1: CLOSER, ISBN 978-989-8425-52-2, pages 597-603. DOI: 10.5220/0003381305970603

in Bibtex Style

author={Kassidy Clark and Martijn Warnier and Frances M. T. Brazier},
title={BOTCLOUDS - The Future of Cloud-based Botnets?},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science - Volume 1: CLOSER,},

in EndNote Style

JO - Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science - Volume 1: CLOSER,
TI - BOTCLOUDS - The Future of Cloud-based Botnets?
SN - 978-989-8425-52-2
AU - Clark K.
AU - Warnier M.
AU - M. T. Brazier F.
PY - 2011
SP - 597
EP - 603
DO - 10.5220/0003381305970603