Analyzing the process of installing rogue software

TitleAnalyzing the process of installing rogue software
Publication TypeConference Papers
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsBerthier R, Arjona J, Cukier M
Date Published2009/07/29/2
KeywordsLinux, Linux target computers, malicious actions, rogue software installation, security of data

This practical experience report presents the results of an experiment aimed at understanding the sequence of malicious actions following a remote compromise. The type of rogue software installed during attacks was used to classify and understand sequences of malicious actions. For this experiment, we used four Linux target computers running SSH with simple passwords. During the eight-month data collection period, we recorded a total of 1,171 attack sessions. In these sessions, attackers typed a total of 20,335 commands that we categorized into 24 specific actions. These actions were analyzed based on the type of rogue software installed by attackers.