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Title: Black Market Botnets
Authors: Friess, Nathan
Aycock, John
Keywords: Computer Science
Issue Date: 24-Jul-2007
Abstract: Botnets have yet to be exploited to their full potential, because they have yet to take advantage of all the information available to them. The zombie computers that comprise a botnet have access to the private documents of the people that use the computers. A botmaster who controls the botnet can harvest the documents and sell them to third parties, creating a viable if illegal online business. We outline motivations for such a business model, as well as the mechanics of a possible implementation. We then present a variety of defenses against this scenario.
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