Trinity a, distributed defense against transient spam-bots. Transient spam-bots are hijacked computers that are connected to the Internet for short periods of time, during which they send large amounts of spam. These spam-bots have become a principle source of spam; against which, static countermeasures such as DNS Black Lists are largely ineffective, and content-based filters provide temporary relief without ongoing tuning and upgrading -- a never-ending cat-and-mouse game. This is a brief overview of Trinity [{it A. Brodsky} et al., “A distributed content independent method for spam detection”, in: Proceedings of the first conference on first workshop on hot topics in understanding botnets, HotBots ’07. Berkeley, CA: USENIX Association (2006)], a distributed, content independent, spam classification system that is specifically aimed at transient spam-bots. Trinity uses source identification in combination with a peer-to-peer based distributed database to identify and track transient spam-bots. Trinity’s design load balances the task of tracking the transient spam-bots and provides a robust defense against denial-of-service and malevolent peer attacks.

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  1. Brodsky, Alex; Brodsky, Dmitry: Brief announcement: Trinity (2007)