Modeling Human Behavior for Defense Against Flash-Crowd Attacks

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Modeling Human Behavior for Defense Against Flash-Crowd Attacks
—Flash-crowd attacks are the most vicious form of distributed denial of service (DDoS). They flood the victim with service requests generated from numerous bots. Attack requests are identical in content to those generated by legitimate, human users, and bots send at a low rate to appear non-aggressive — these features defeat many existing DDoS defenses. We propose defenses against flash-crowd attacks via human behavior modeling, which differentiate DDoS bots from human users. Current approaches to human-vs-bot differentiation, such as graphical puzzles, are insufficient and annoying to humans, whereas our defenses are highly transparent. We model three aspects of human behavior: a) request dynamics, by learning several chosen features of human interaction dynamics, and detecting bots that exhibit higher aggressiveness in one or more of these features, b) request semantics, by learning transitional probabilities of user requests, and detecting bots that generate valid but low-pro...
Georgios Oikonomou, Jelena Mirkovic
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Updated 21 May 2010
Type Conference
Year 2009
Where ICC
Authors Georgios Oikonomou, Jelena Mirkovic
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