The death of spam? BGU researchers figure out path to botnets

The annoying ‘zombie armies of the Internet’ may have met their match in technology developed by scientists at Deutsche Telekom Innovation Labs@BGU 

A team from Ben Gurion University, working with communications giant Deutsche Telekom, may have found a way to shut down one of the scourges of the Internet – botnets, the illicit and secretive networks that as many as a half a billion computers around the world have fallen prey to, according to experts.

Using big data and analytical intelligence technology, the researchers have figured out how to track a botnet to its controller – and the location of the command and control server that is managing illicit activity that costs the world economy $100 billion a year.

A team led by Ben Gurion Profs. Bracha Shapira and Lior Rokach analyzed data captured by a network run by Deutsche Telekom, one of the world’s leading telecommunications companies. By analyzing the data, the team built a breakthrough program that identifies the botnet by finding similar attack patterns.

The breakthrough was announced on the second day of Cybertech 2016 in Tel Aviv. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is the academic sponsor of Israel’s largest cyber security event, organized by Israel Defense.

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