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|Geolocalization of proxied services and its application to fast-flux hidden servers
|Fast-flux is a redirection technique used by cyber-criminals to hide the actual location of malicious servers. Its purpose is to evade identification and prevent or, at least delay, the shutdown of these illegal servers by law enforcement. This paper proposes a framework to geolocalize fast-flux servers, that is, to determine the physical location of the fast-flux networks roots (mothership servers) based on network measurements. We performed an extensive set of measurements on PlanetLab in order to validate and evaluate the performance of our method in a controlled environment. These experimentations showed that, with our framework, fast-flux servers can be localized with similar mean distance errors than non-hidden servers, i.e. approximately 100 km. In the light of these very promising results, we also applied our scheme to several active fast-flux servers and estimated their geographic locations, providing then statistics on the locations of "in the wild" fast-flux services.