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Bitcoin and Crypto Currencies Take Center Stage at APWG Symposium on Electronic Crime Research

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Global cybercrime-fighting association APWG is hosting its eCrime 2017 conference on April 25-27 in Scottsdale,

Arizona, USA. This is the 12th annual eCrime conference, which brings together 200 of the world’s top security practitioners and researchers to explore solutions to Internet-mediated electronic crime.

APWG Secretary General Peter Cassidy said, “Electronic crime succeeds ultimately through access to conventional banking services, where criminals can pay each other, or can extract stolen funds from victims. The 2017 eCrime conference will focus on the ability of industry and law enforcement to preserve its capacity to observe, respond and manage cybercrime mediated through the virtual currencies that are becoming ubiquitously fungible,” Mr. Cassidy said.

The annual Symposium On Electronic Crime Research features Industrial and academic researchers who probe: phishing, spear-phishing, ransomware, crimeware, online scam schemes, bitcoin abuses, and the character of crimes against different cultures. The symposium is attended by security managers from financial services firms, Internet security companies, technology developers, email system administrators, forensic scientists, law enforcement personnel, legislators, inter-governmental organizations and scientists from many disciplines that transect in the study of cybercrime.

Many of the presentations will describe practical approaches at hand for the detection, investigation and suppression of cybercrime through advanced research techniques and technical approaches, as developed by expert professionals and academic investigators working at the dark, lonely edges of the cybercrime experience.

Program discussions will include:

  • Tracking Blockchain and Virtual Currency Transactions
  • The Curious Case of 14,766 SSL Certs Issued for PayPal Phishing Sites
  • Globalized Cybercrime Data Exchange for Automated Response
  • ·Catching Phish in Neural Networks
  • Virulent Mutations in Next Generation Phishing Tech
  • Tracing Cybercrimes to Cybercriminals via Machine Data
  • Financial Fraud Suppression Routines
  • Machine Event Data as Forensic Tool
  • Distinguishing Black-Hat Marketplace’s Key Stakeholders
  • True Crime Tales from Bundeskriminalamt & NPA Japan
  • National Baselining of Individuals’ Resilience to Common Cybercrimes
  • Old Fashioned Extortion, Made New Again with Brand Spoofing

Cybercrime expert interveners and researchers sponsoring this year’s symposium include: PayPal, MXTools, Easy Solutions, Cylance, RiskIQ and Arizona State University.

About the APWG (

The APWG, an international affairs organization focused on global suppression of common and advanced cybercrimes, was founded in 2003 as the Anti-Phishing Working Group, is a global industry, law enforcement, and government coalition of more than 2,100 institutions working to unify the global response to electronic crime. Since 2004, the APWG has developed and curated one of the world’s largest NGO-managed clearinghouses of cybercrime event data enabling the sharing of this data to protect consumers and businesses alike. APWG’s directors, managers and research fellows advise and correspond with national governments; global governance bodies like the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, International Telecommunications Union and ICANN; hemispheric and global trade groups; and multilateral treaty organizations such as the European Commission, the G8 High Technology Crime Subgroup, Council of Europe's Convention on Cybercrime, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Europol EC3 and the Organization of American States. APWG is a member of the steering group of the Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative at the Commonwealth of Nations. Membership is open to qualified financial institutions, online retailers, ISPs and Telcos, the law enforcement community, solutions providers, multi-lateral treaty organizations, research centers, trade associations and government agencies.

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