Cryptocurrency Phishing and Theft Take Center Stage at Anti-Phishing Working Group eCrime Conference in May 2018

APWG eCrime 2018 on MAY 15, 16 & 17 in San Diego brings focus on cryptocurrency technology and automated detection and response approaches for fighting cybercrime

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--()--APWG’s Symposium on Electronic Crime Research (eCrime 2018) conference takes a keen focus on cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies as the fastest-growing dimension of cybercrime today, reviewing research on criminal abuse of these technologies as well as criminal enterprises targeting cryptocurrency exchanges and users to steal Bitcoin, Ethereum, NEO and other cryptocurrencies.

Cryptocurrency related crime research to be presented in eCrime 2018’s program includes:

  • Blockchain as the dark-web command and control mechanism for cybercriminals
  • The mutation and rise of bitcoin ransomware and crypto-mining malware
  • Targeting schemes for stealing cryptocurrency with phishing and malware

The year’s APWG eCrime conference also presents the latest research in the detection, investigation and programmatic suppression of cybercrime, including:

The effects of GDPR privacy regulations on defensive data exchange and cyber criminal investigations

  • The malicious application of machine-learning systems for cybercrime
  • Behavioral and UX-related dimensions of cybercrime
  • Law enforcement detection and take-down of fake online stores
  • Automation of cybercrime detection and tracking schemes
  • The economics and metrics of cybercrime and cybercrime defenses
  • Cybercrime intelligence systems

The APWG eCrime 2018 conference, comprised of the peer-reviewed research symposium and the APWG general members’ meeting, consists of 3 days of keynote presentations, technical and practical sessions, and interactive panels.

The program promotes a cross-fertilizing dialog between the academic and industrial research communities, financial services and cryptocurrency companies, security practitioners and law enforcement personnel to exchange ideas, experiences and lessons learned in all aspects of investigation, detection and programmatic suppression of electronic crime.

Proceedings of the symposium are published by the IEEE and accepted papers are archived in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. An index of papers accepted to the Symposium on Electronic Crime Research over the years is available here:

The symposium will be held between May 15 - 17, 2018 in San Diego (La Jolla), CA.




About the APWG

The APWG, founded in 2003 as the Anti-Phishing Working Group, is the global industry, law enforcement, and government coalition focused on unifying the global response to electronic crime. 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. There are more than 2,200 companies, government agencies and NGOs participating in the APWG worldwide. The APWG's <> and <> websites offer the public, industry and government agencies practical information about phishing and electronically mediated fraud as well as pointers to pragmatic technical solutions that provide immediate protection. The APWG is co-founder and co-manager of the Stop. Think. Connect. Messaging Convention, the global online safety public awareness collaborative <> and founder/curator of the eCrime Researchers Summit, the world’s only peer-reviewed conference dedicated specifically to electronic crime studies <>. APWG advises 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. Among APWG's corporate sponsors are: Among APWG's corporate sponsors include: AhnLab, Area 1, AT&T (T), Afilias Ltd., Avast!, AVG Technologies, Axur, Baidu Antivirus, Bangkok Bank, BBN Technologies, Barracuda Networks, Bandura Networks, BillMeLater, Bkav, Blue Coat, BrandMail, BrandProtect, Bsecure Technologies, CSC Digital Brand Services, Check Point Software Technologies, Claro, Cloudmark, Comcast, CrowdStrike, CSIRTBANELCO, Cyber Defender, CYREN, Cyveillance, DNS Belgium, DigiCert, Domain Tools, Donuts, Duo Security, Easy Solutions, PayPal, eCert, EC Cert, ESET, EST Soft, Facebook, FeelSafe Digital, FEBRABAN, Fortinet, FraudWatch International, F-Secure, GetResponse, GlobalSign, GoDaddy, Google, Hauri, Hitachi Systems, Ltd., Huawei, ICANN, Identity Guard, Infoblox, IronPort (Cisco), Infoblox, Intel (INTC), Interac, IT Matrix, iThreat Cyber Group, iZOOlogic, KnowBe4, LaCaixa, Lenos Software, LookingGlass, MX Tools, MailChannels, MailJet, MailChimp, MailShell, MailUp, MarkMonitor (TRI), Melbourne IT, MessageLevel, Microsoft (MSFT), MicroWorld, Mimecast, Mirapoint, NHN, NZRS, MyPW, nProtect Online Security, Netcraft, Network Solutions, NeuStar, Nominet, Nominum, NZRS Limited, Public Interest Registry, Panda Software, Phishlabs, PhishMe,, Prevalent, Prevx, Proofpoint, Psafe, RSA Security (EMC), Rakuten, RedMarlin, Return Path, RiskIQ, RuleSpace, SalesForce, SecureBrain, SendGrid, S21sec, SIDN, SilverPop, SiteLock, SnoopWall, SoftForum, SoftLayer, SoftSecurity, SOPHOS, SunTrust, SurfControl, Symantec (SYMC), TDS Telecom, Telefonica (TEF), ThreatSTOP, TransCreditBank, Trend Micro (TMIC), Trustwave, UITSEC, Vasco (VDSI), VADE-RETRO, VeriSign (VRSN), Wombat Security Technologies, and zvelo.


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APWG eCrime 2018 brings focus on cryptocurrency technology and automated detection and response approaches for fighting cybercrime


Foy Shiver, +1-404-434-7282