Publication Date

Spring 2012

Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer Science


A botnet is a group of compromised computers which is often a large group under the command and control of a malicious user, known as a botmaster. Botnets are generally recognized as a serious Internet threat. Botnets can be used for a wide variety of malicious attacks including spamming, distributed denial of service, and obtaining sensitive information such as authentication credentials or credit card information. This project involves building a botnet centered on Twitter. Our botnet uses individual bots controlled by commands tweeted by botmaster; the botnet can expand in a viral manner by following affected Twitter user’s friends. This botnet is only intended as a proof of concept and it does not perform any malicious actions.