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SC-FLARE: Cooperative DDoS Signaling based on Smart Contracts

Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks remains as one of the major causes of concerns for service providers around the world. This paper introduces SC-FLARE, a Smart Contract (SC) based cooperative signaling protocol built on top of a Ethereum Proof-of-Authority Blockchain (BC) for the sharing of attack information, the exchange of incentives, and the tracking of reputation in a fully distributed and automated fashion. By making use of BC and SC, SC-FLARE provide the required collaborative platform without the burden to maintain, design, and develop special registries and gossip protocols for a cooperative defense.