Using Software-Defined Networking for Ransomware Mitigation: The Case of CryptoWall

Krzysztof Cabaj , Wojciech Mazurczyk


Currently, different forms of ransomware are increasingly threatening Internet users. Modern ransomware encrypts important user data, and it is only possible to recover it once a ransom has been paid. In this article we show how software-defined networking can be utilized to improve ransomware mitigation. In more detail, we analyze the behavior of popular ransomware — CryptoWall — and, based on this knowledge, propose two real-time mitigation methods. Then we describe the design of an SDN-based system, implemented using OpenFlow, that facilitates a timely reaction to this threat, and is a crucial factor in the case of crypto ransomware. What is important is that such a design does not significantly affect overall network performance. Experimental results confirm that the proposed approach is feasible and efficient.
Author Krzysztof Cabaj (FEIT / IN)
Krzysztof Cabaj,,
- The Institute of Computer Science
, Wojciech Mazurczyk (FEIT / IT)
Wojciech Mazurczyk,,
- The Institute of Telecommunications
Journal seriesIEEE Network, ISSN 0890-8044
Issue year2016
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishServers, Encryption, Public key, Malware, IP networks, Internet, Forensics, Surveillance, Network security
ASJC Classification1705 Computer Networks and Communications; 1708 Hardware and Architecture; 1710 Information Systems; 1712 Software
ProjectThe Develpment of Digital Communicatios. Project leader: Siuzdak Jerzy, , Phone: +48 22 234-7868, start date 27-04-2015, end date 31-12-2016, IT/2015/statut, Completed
WEiTI Działalność statutowa
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)45
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 45.0, 15-09-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 45.0, 15-09-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 29; Scopus Citations = 45; GS Citations = 94.0; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 3.223; WoS Impact Factor: 2016 = 7.23 (2) - 2016=6.41 (5)
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