• KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems
    Monthly Online Journal (eISSN: 1976-7277)

Mobile Botnet Attacks – an Emerging Threat: Classification, Review and Open Issues

Vol. 9, No.4, April 30, 2015
10.3837/tiis.2015.04.012, Download Paper (Free):

Abstract

The rapid development of smartphone technologies have resulted in the evolution of mobile botnets. The implications of botnets have inspired attention from the academia and the industry alike, which includes vendors, investors, hackers, and researcher community. Above all, the capability of botnets is uncovered through a wide range of malicious activities, such as distributed denial of service (DDoS), theft of business information, remote access, online or click fraud, phishing, malware distribution, spam emails, and building mobile devices for the illegitimate exchange of information and materials. In this study, we investigate mobile botnet attacks by exploring attack vectors and subsequently present a well-defined thematic taxonomy. By identifying the significant parameters from the taxonomy, we compared the effects of existing mobile botnets on commercial platforms as well as open source mobile operating system platforms. The parameters for review include mobile botnet architecture, platform, target audience, vulnerabilities or loopholes, operational impact, and detection approaches. In relation to our findings, research challenges are then presented in this domain.


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[IEEE Style]
Ahmad Karim, Syed Adeel Ali Shah, Rosli Bin Salleh, Muhammad Arif, Rafidah Md Noor and Shahaboddin Shamshirband, "Mobile Botnet Attacks – an Emerging Threat: Classification, Review and Open Issues," KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 1471-1492, 2015. DOI: 10.3837/tiis.2015.04.012

[ACM Style]
Karim, A., Shah, S. A. A., Salleh, R. B., Arif, M., Noor, R. M., and Shamshirband, S. 2015. Mobile Botnet Attacks – an Emerging Threat: Classification, Review and Open Issues. KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, 9, 4, (2015), 1471-1492. DOI: 10.3837/tiis.2015.04.012