Malware Detection and Prevention Platform: Telecom Italia Case Study

  • Luciana Costa
  • Roberta D’Amico


This paper illustrates the botnet problem, its impact and the need of security measures. By reviewing the existing literature regarding the botnet detection solutions the paper evidences the important role an ISP could take to better safeguard the user reducing in the meantime the spreading of the botnet phenomenon. The malware detection and prevention platform that Telecom Italia has defined is described. The aim is to minimize the potential harm that bots can inflict upon Internet infrastructure and to provide a detection and notification way to the users when their machines try to access a malware domain or when there is evidence that their computers have been compromised.

The idea is not necessarily to block or delay the users’ traffic but to inform the users about the potential security risk on navigating on compromised sites, leaving anyway to the users the final choice to access the malicious domain. A security portal is accessible from a user detected as potentially infected with the aims to provide a common, well-organized set of information useful to clean the compromised system. Following this approach TI intends to prevent damage to its infrastructure while contrasting the malware infection spread.


Internet Service Provider Malicious Code Query Graph Security Portal Botnet Detection 


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© Vieweg+Teubner Verlag | Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Luciana Costa
    • 1
  • Roberta D’Amico
    • 2
  1. 1.Italy – Telecom Italia SpATurinItaly
  2. 2.Italy – Telecom Italia SpATurinItaly

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