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Using Bitcoin for Fun and Profit
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Botnets, in other means zombie computers that await for instructions to execute, are the greatest threat in the internet today. They are one of the leading sources of online crime. Criminals are able to take advantage of using botnets and threaten online businesses, organizations or any entity in the internet. Criminals design and implement botnets in a complex way in order to hide their identities. Most notably the fact that criminals build command-and-control (C&C) infrastructures to manage their botnets.

A botnet command-and-control mechanism (C&C) can be designed in various ways. The key principle behind designing a C&C mechanism is anonymity. Hence, criminals can propagate their instructions to botnets without revealing their identities. Since every new C&C mechanism increases the bar of anonymity, it is getting harder to trace and analyze botnets. In this thesis, we designed and implemented a C&C mechanism, btc-botnet, that runs over Bitcoin network. Btcbotnet has significant features over existing C&C mechanisms such as anonymity and resistance by its nature. We built a library that allows to use Bitcoin network as an underlying infrastructure for C&C mechanism. We evaluate our work and show that its feasibility in terms of metrics such as response time, confirmation time and fees.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , p. 46
Series
TRITA-ICT-EX ; 2016:160
National Category
Computer and Information Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-197366OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-197366DiVA, id: diva2:1051913
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Computer Science
Educational program
Master of Science - Distributed Computing
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Available from: 2016-12-05 Created: 2016-12-05 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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