Keene State duo recognized for botnet research
Keene State College Assistant Professor of Computer Science Dr. Wei Lu and 2013 graduate Dan Garant started the research project in 2012 as a class project.
Botnets are computers that are run by BotMasters — also known as hackers — to spread malicious applications that take over networks through spam email or fake websites.
Hackers use tens of thousands of botnets to take down large networks or breach a network’s security, he said.
The research project is an international collaborative effort that began at University of New Brunswick, University of Victoria, and the Technological Crime Unit, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and is now being researched at Keene State College.
After graduation he moved to Germany where he worked for the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence. In 2007, he returned to Canada and joined the University of New Brunswick where he received his Professional Engineer certificate and Diploma in Undergraduate Teaching. He then worked for a start-up company that was bought by IBM and worked with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in efforts to stop hackers. In 2010, Lu started research at Keene State.
Lu and Garant presented their research in 2013 at the 27th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications, in Barcelona, Spain.
Garant said the success of the project and working with Lu led to his decision to further his education instead of going straight into the industry.
It is also a great source of pride to be part of stopping such a huge Internet threat, he said. “I think that there is a need to better detect and stop these botnets. And that’s what we’re developing.”