HotBots '07 Call for Papers
First Workshop on Hot Topics in Understanding Botnets (HotBots '07)
April 10, 2007
Cambridge, MA, USA
Sponsored by USENIX, The Advanced Computing Systems Association
Co-located with the 4th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design & Implementation (NSDI '07), which will take place April 1113, 2007
Submissions due: March 1, 2007, 11:59 p.m. PST Deadline Extended!
Notification of acceptance: March 19, 2007
Final papers due: April 2, 2007
Niels Provos, Google Inc.
Michael Bailey, University of Michigan
Paul Barford, University of Wisconsin
David Dagon, Georgia Institute of Technology
Thorsten Holz, University of Mannheim
Fabian Monrose, Johns Hopkins University
Vern Paxson, International Computer Science Institute
Preliminary research or experience papers are solicited for the First
Workshop on Hot Topics in Understanding Botnets (HotBots '07).
HotBots is intended as a forum for lively discussion of innovative
ideas, recent progress, or practical experience in understanding all
aspects of botnets.
Intriguing preliminary results and thought-provoking ideas will be
strongly favored. Papers will be selected for their potential to
stimulate discussion in the workshop.
HotBots '07 will be a one-day event, Tuesday, April 10, 2007,
co-located with the 4th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design &
Implementation (NSDI '07) in Cambridge, MA.
To ensure a productive workshop environment, attendance will be by
invitation and/or acceptance of paper submission.
Each author will have 15 minutes to present his or her idea, followed
by 15 minutes of discussion with the workshop participants.
Instructions for Authors
The goal of the workshop is to stimulate discussion and to improve the
understanding of botnets.
Possible topics of interest include but are not limited to:
While our goal is to solicit ideas that are not completely worked out,
we expect submissions to be supported by some evidence of feasibility or
preliminary quantitative results.
- Architecture: Types of botnet topologies, Command&Control, infection vectors, resource sharing across bots and networks, stealthy botnets.
- Detection: Passive or active approaches to detecting participating hosts, C&C communication or botnet activities.
- Measurements: Numbers of botnets and bots, trends over time, geographic distribution, time of life and attrition, identification of parties behind botnet activity.
- Case studies: Experiences with particular botnet cases.
- Mitigation: How to protect against botnets and DDoS, spam, identify theft, etc., originating from them.
- Motivation: Economic value of botnets, purpose and use of botnets, targeted or special-interest botnets.
- Legal: What forms of mitigation are permissible, what the policy and legal problems in honeynet operation are, interactions with botnet participants, data collection, and traceback. Policy analysis should be focused toward the practical implementation of botnet monitoring and response systems.
Submitted papers must be no longer than eight (8) single-spaced 8.5" x
11" pages, including figures, tables, and references. Author names and
affiliations should appear on the title page.
Submissions must be in PDF format and must be submitted via this Web
Simultaneous submission of the same work to multiple venues, submission
of previously published work, and plagiarism constitute dishonesty or
fraud. USENIX, like other scientific and technical conferences and
journals, prohibits these practices and may, on the recommendation of a
program chair, take action against authors who have committed them. In
some cases, program committees may share information about submitted
papers with other conference chairs and journal editors to ensure the
integrity of papers under consideration. If a violation of these
principles is found, sanctions may include, but are not limited to,
barring the authors from submitting to or participating in USENIX
conferences for a set period, contacting the authors' institutions, and
publicizing the details of the case.
Note, however, that we expect that many papers accepted for HotBots '07
will eventually be extended as full papers suitable for presentation
at future conferences.
Authors uncertain whether their submission meets USENIX's guidelines
should contact the Program Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org, or the
USENIX office, email@example.com.