Modern Botnets

Ken Baylor Ph.D. july 21


Ends February 1


Ends June 1


Ends July 20


July 21-24


This class seeks to provide a strong understanding of the Emerging Trends and Threats in the financial botnet space, responsible for stealing several hundred million dollars and stealing billions of dollars in intellectual property in 2011.

Participants will create and deploy a fully functioning Zeus botnet. Attendees will learn how to optimize the botnet, analyze communications, and totally compromise the endpoint. Participants will learn advanced botnet customization including webinjects with HTML code and JavaScript.

Who should attend

Information Security professionals, Law Enforcement and anyone with an interest in understanding modern botnets.


Experience with installing windows and linux systems is very helpful. Basic HMTL and JavaScript experience is recommended.

What to bring

The trainer will be using a MacBook Pro with max RAM, and Oracle VirtualBox. Students may use either Mac or Windows laptops, with a lot of RAM.

Students should bring a laptop with VMware Fusion, Parallels or Oracle VirtualBox. Laptops should have at least 20GB of free space, a DVD drive, Ethernet and wireless.

Please deactivate all antimalware programs prior to class.


Ken Baylor Ph.D. researches financial botnets. Previously he served as Symantec's Vice President of IT and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Prior to Symantec, Ken worked at McAfee where he wrote the seminal 2006 paper "Killing Botnets: A view from the trenches". Dr. Baylor is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Information Systems Manager (CISM).