Multimodal game bot detection using user behavioral characteristics

Ah Reum Kang, Seong Hoon Jeong, Aziz Mohaisen, Huy Kang Kim

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As the online service industry has continued to grow, illegal activities in the online world have drastically increased and become more diverse. Most illegal activities occur continuously because cyber assets, such as game items and cyber money in online games, can be monetized into real currency. The aim of this study is to detect game bots in a massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG). We observed the behavioral characteristics of game bots and found that they execute repetitive tasks associated with gold farming and real money trading. We propose a game bot detection method based on user behavioral characteristics. The method of this paper was applied to real data provided by a major MMORPG company. Detection accuracy rate increased to 96.06 % on the banned account list.

Original languageEnglish
Article number523
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Dec 1


  • Behavior analysis
  • Data mining
  • Online game security
  • Social network analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General


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