Detecting social media mobile botnets using user activity correlation and artificial immune system

Reham A. Al-Dayil, Mostafa H. Dahshan

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Abstract

With the rapidly growing development of cellular networks and powerful smartphones, botnets have invaded the mobile domain. Social media, like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube have created a new communication channel for attackers. Recently, bot masters started to exploit social media for different malicious activity, such as sending spam, recruitment of new bots, and botnet command and control. In this paper we propose a detection technique for social mediabased mobile botnets using Twitter. The proposed method combines the correlation between tweeting and user activity, such as clicks or taps, and an Artificial Immune System detector, to detect tweets caused by bots and differentiate them from tweets generated by user or by user-approved applications. This detector creates a signature of the tweet and compares it with a dynamically updated signature library of bot behavior signatures. The proposed system has been fully implemented on Android platform and tested under several sets of generated tweets. The test results show that the proposed method has a very high accuracy in detecting bot tweets with about 95% detection ratio.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 7th International Conference on Information and Communication Systems, ICICS 2016
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages109-114
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781467386142
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2016
Event7th International Conference on Information and Communication Systems, ICICS 2016 - Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan
Duration: 05 Apr 201607 Apr 2016
https://web.archive.org/web/20160305231301/http://www.icics.info/icics2016/ (conference website)
http://toc.proceedings.com/30459webtoc.pdf (proceedings TOC)
https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/mostRecentIssue.jsp?punumber=7468594 (full conference proceedings)

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Name2016 7th International Conference on Information and Communication Systems, ICICS 2016

Conference

Conference7th International Conference on Information and Communication Systems, ICICS 2016
Country/TerritoryJordan
CityIrbid
Period05/04/1607/04/16
OtherThe International Conference on Information and Communication Systems (ICICS 2016) is a forum for scientists, engineers, and practitioners to present their latest research results, ideas, developments, and applications in all areas of Computer and Information Sciences. The topics that will be covered in the ICICS 2016 include, but are not limited to: Artificial Intelligence, Mobile Computing, Networking, Information Security and Cryptography, Intrusion Detection and Computer Forensics, Web Content Mining, Bioinformatics and IT Applications, Database Technology, Systems Integration, Information Systems Analysis and Specification, Communications, and Human-Computer Interaction.
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