Assessing the attack threat due to IRC channels
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland
Record modified: 2011-09-08
Record created: 2008-07-29
The paper was accepted by International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN06), Philadelphia, PA, June 25-28, 2006.; Includes bibliographical references.; Harvested from the web on 4/30/07
Abstract: This practical experience report presents the results of an investigation into the threat of attacks associated with the chat medium IRC. A combination of simulated users (i.e., bots), some configured with scripts that simulated conversations, and regular users were used. The average number of attacks per day a user on IRC can expect, the effect of channel activity, gender based on the name, and network type on the number of attacks were determined. The social structure of IRC channels and the types of users that use it were analyzed. The results indicate that attacks through IRC channels come from human users selecting targets rather than automated scripts targeting every user in a channel.
Internet Relay Chat
Computer networks--Security measures
OCLC No.: 144559368
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