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[BotConf 2014] A Timeline of Mobile Botnets

Slides from the presentation can be found here

The concept of this paper came about with the idea to create an inventory of sorts of known mobile botnets and, more importantly to study differences and commonalities between them. By means of this paper, I analyze and examine 60 odd mobile botnet variants, starting with variants as early as 2010, up until the recently discovered version of the Cryptolocker ransomware targeting the Android platform that listens for deactivation commands from its botmaster.The paper ends with a compilation of statistics on the collected data and the inferences that can be drawn from them.