Facebot: An Undiscoverable Botnet Based on Treasure Hunting Social Networks

Co-authors: Parag Malshe, Minaxi Gupta, and Chris Dunn Abstract: Popular botnets earn millions of dollars for their operators by enabling many types of cyberfraud activities, including spam and phishing. Current and past botnet architectures revolve around the idea of bots communicating with their masters to carry out their functionality. Given that many take-down eorts leverage this feature, future botnet architectures may evolve to overcome this limitation. In order to enable pro-active defenses against such botnets, in this paper we design a botnet whose bots never explicitly communicate with their master.

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Wombat IDE - A busy day of bug fixes

Today was a busy day of bug fixes, mostly minor. Here’s a nice list: Added building the webstart files to the automatic build system Removed references to the old SISC code Fixed a crash when the syntax definitions couldn’t be loaded successfully Fixed an error with dynamically reloading options Added better sanity checks to option loading, defaulting to known values if necessary All of this has prompted a new build: r113, available here.

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Go West III - Hoover Dam

Several photosets from our family vacation on the west coast. We started in Phoenix, went to a few nearby things, then up the entire west coast to the Olympic Peninsula.

This is the third set, from the Hoover Dam (plus the rest stop before). A fair few fewer than the Grand Canyon, but I thing there are a few fine dam pictures.


Go West IV - Amboy Crater

Several photosets from our family vacation on the west coast. We started in Phoenix, went to a few nearby things, then up the entire west coast to the Olympic Peninsula. This is the fourth set, from Amboy Crater. It wasn’t on our schedule and we didn’t even know it was there, but when we saw a sign saying ‘Crater’ we had to stop. Turns out it’s a volcano. Who’da thunk?

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Go West IX - Twilight

Several photosets from our family vacation on the west coast. We started in Phoenix, went to a few nearby things, then up the entire west coast to the Olympic Peninsula. Number nine: Twilight. It’s a combination of Forks, La Push, and Port Angeles. Definitely wasn’t my primary reason for going, but I’ll admit that La Push was pretty awesome. And it was neat being on the very northern end of the country.

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Go West V - California

Several photosets from our family vacation on the west coast. We started in Phoenix, went to a few nearby things, then up the entire west coast to the Olympic Peninsula.

The fifth set, up the coast. The first half are from Joshua Tree National Forest near Twentynine Palms where my cousin is stationed. The latter half are from Santa Barbara where we stopped for the beach and the night.


Go West VI - San Francisco

Several photosets from our family vacation on the west coast. We started in Phoenix, went to a few nearby things, then up the entire west coast to the Olympic Peninsula.

Finally to the sixth set. The first few are from a random stop on the way at Pismo Beach and the rest are stereotypical San Francisco shots.