BitDeposit: Deterring attacks and abuses of cloud computing services through economic measures

Jakub Szefer, Ruby Bei-Loh Lee

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Abstract

Dependability in cloud computing applications can be negatively affected by various attacks or service abuses. To come ahead of this threat, we propose an economic measure to deter attacks and various service abuses in cloud computing applications. Our proposed defense is based on requiring a service user to pay a small deposit, using digital currency, before invoking the service. Once they are done using the service, and there has been no detected abuse or attack, the deposit is paid back by the service provider to the service user. If an attack or an abuse is detected, the service user is not paid back and the service provider gets to keep the deposit. We propose the use of micropayments with a decentralized nature and small transaction fees, such as the Bitcoin digital currency. Moreover, thanks to the existence of money exchanges which convert the Bitcoin currency to real world currency, service providers can recoup loses when they exchange the confiscated deposits for real world currency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages630-635
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 14 2013
Event13th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud, and Grid Computing, CCGrid 2013 - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: May 13 2013May 16 2013

Other

Other13th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud, and Grid Computing, CCGrid 2013
CountryNetherlands
CityDelft
Period5/13/135/16/13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software

Keywords

  • Attack deterrence
  • Bitcoin
  • Cloud computing
  • Digital and real world money exchanges
  • Digital currency

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    Szefer, J., & Lee, R. B-L. (2013). BitDeposit: Deterring attacks and abuses of cloud computing services through economic measures. 630-635. Paper presented at 13th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud, and Grid Computing, CCGrid 2013, Delft, Netherlands. https://doi.org/10.1109/CCGrid.2013.102