Special Issue "Botnet Modeling and Defense"


A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 February 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Guofei Gu
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-3112, USA
Website: http://www.cs.tamu.edu/people/faculty/gu
E-Mail: guofei@cse.tamu.edu
Interests: network security; system security; malware defense; web and social networking security; cloud and software-defined networking security; smartphone security; intrusion detection

Co-Guest Editor
Dr. Roberto Perdisci
Computer Science Department, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-7404, USA
Website: http://www.perdisci.com/
E-Mail: perdisci@cs.uga.edu
Interests: computer and network security; machine learning/data mining techniques for efficient mining and modeling of very large datasets of network and system information; Malware/Botnet modeling and detection at the network level

Co-Guest Editor
Dr. Jose Andre Morales
Carnegie Mellon University – CERT, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2612, USA
Website: http://www.sei.cmu.edu/about/people/profile.cfm?id=morales_15605
E-Mail: jamorales@cert.org
Interests: network security; mobile device security; suspicious assessment; malware distribution networks

Co-Guest Editor
Dr. Jianwei Zhuge
Institute of Network Science and Cyberspace, Tsinghua University, Haidian District, Beijing 100083, China
Website: http://netsec.ccert.edu.cn/zhugejw/en/
E-Mail: zhugejw@cernet.edu.cn
Interests: system security; network security; capture the flag competition

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the center of current cyber attacks and criminal activities are the so called botnets, i.e., networks of (up to millions of) infected machines (a.k.a. bots) that are under the control of cyber criminals (a.k.a. botmasters). It is recognized that botnets are the current largest threat to Internet security. This special issue of Future Internet is intended to foster the dissemination of high quality research in all aspects regarding botnet modeling, analysis, detection and defense. We solicit papers in a variety of topics including, but not limited to:

  • honeypot and honeynet design, operation, and data collection
  • traffic monitoring, analysis, and detection
  • botnet behavior, protocol and architecture modeling and analysis
  • malware/botnet prevention, detection, and containment
  • phishing, spam, DDoS, targeted attacks, etc.
  • reverse engineering and automated analysis
  • cyber crime and underground economy
  • new platforms: clouds, mobile/cellular networks, mobile devices/smartphones/TV, social networks, software-defined networks, etc.
  • legal issues and countermeasures

Dr. Guofei Gu
Dr. Roberto Perdisci
Dr. Jose Andre Morales
Dr. Jianwei Zhuge
Guest Editors


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  • botnet
  • malware
  • cyber crime
  • honeypot/honeynet

Published Papers

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Last update: 21 August 2013

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