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Ever-changing Obscuring Methods Making Botnets Hard to Disable

Botnet activities that rely on increased methods of people in obscuring domain addresses by continuously mapping to various bots on the network is becoming harder to stop, suggests a new study by Arbor Networks' Jose Nazario and University of Mannheim's Thorsten Holz. CNETNews published this in news on October 8, 2008.

During the study, the researchers performed a tracking exercise of the Web traffic of 900 fast-flux domain addresses that botnets used during the first half of 2008.

As per the security specialists, fast-flux, i.e. botnet creators' constantly changing methods, poses difficulties for law enforcement agencies to identifying the key server and disabling it. It also provides anonymity to the botnets' operators, as the computers infected for adding to the botnet co...

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