The use of packet inter-arrival times for investigating unsolicited Internet traffic

Zimmermann, Jacob, Clark, Andrew J., Mohay, George M., Pouget, Fabien, & Dacier, Marc (2005) The use of packet inter-arrival times for investigating unsolicited Internet traffic. In The First International Workshop on Systematic Approaches to Digital Forensic Engineering, 7-9 November, Taipei, Taiwan.

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Monitoring the Internet reveals incessant activity, that has been referred to as background radiation. In this paper, we propose an original approach that makes use of packet inter-arrival times, or IATs, to analyse and identify such abnormal or unexpected network activity. Our study exploits a large set of data collected on a distributed network of honeypots during more than six months. Our main contribution in this paper is to demonstrate the usefulness of IAT analysis for network forensic purposes, and we illustrate this with examples in which we analyse particular IAT peak values. In addition, we pinpoint some network anomalies that we have been able to determine through such analysis.

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ID Code: 20865
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: internet monitoring, honeypots, packet timing
DOI: 10.1109/SADFE.2005.26
ISBN: 0769524788
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > COMPUTER SOFTWARE (080300) > Computer System Security (080303)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Institutes > Information Security Institute
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 IEEE Computer Society
Deposited On: 02 Jun 2009 04:32
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2012 04:05

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