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The seventh IEEE eCrime Researchers Summit 2012 once again will be held in conjunction with the 2012 APWG General Meeting between October 22-25, 2012 in Las Croabas, Puerto Rico.

eCRS 2012 consist of two full days which bring together academic researchers, security practitioners, and law enforcement to discuss all aspects of electronic crime and ways to combat it. Topics of interests include (but are not limited to):

  • Case studies of current attack methods, including phishing, malware, rogue antivirus, pharming, crimeware, botnets, and emerging techniques
  • Case studies of online advertising fraud, including click fraud, malvertising, cookie stuffing, and affiliate fraud
  • Case studies of large-scale take-downs, such as coordinated botnet disruption
  • Technical, legal, political, social and psychological aspects of fraud and fraud prevention
  • Economics of online crime, including measurement studies of underground economies and models of e-crime
  • Uncovering and disrupting online criminal collaboration and gangs
  • Financial infrastructure of e-crime, including payment processing and money laundering
  • Techniques to assess the risks and yields of attacks and the effectiveness of countermeasures
  • Delivery techniques, including spam, voice mail, social network and web search manipulation; and countermeasures
  • Techniques to avoid detection, tracking and take-down; and ways to block such techniques
  • Best practices for detecting and avoiding damages to critical internet infrastructure, such as DNS and SCADA, from electronic crime activities

Accepted papers will be published in proceedings. In addition, cash awards will be given for the best paper overall and the best student co-authored paper. A limited number of cash travel awards will also be made to student authors of papers and posters.

View the CFP in text and PDF form.

Instructions for Authors

eCRS has adopted the IEEE publication format.
Submissions should be in English, in PDF format with all fonts embedded, formatted using the the IEEE conference template, found here: http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.html. Submissions should include author names, affiliations and acknowledgments. They should not exceed 12 letter-sized pages, not counting the bibliography and appendices. Papers should begin with a title, abstract, and an introduction that clearly summarizes the contributions of the paper at a level appropriate for a non-specialist reader. Papers should contain a scholarly exposition of ideas, techniques, and results, including motivation, relevance to practical applications, and a clear comparison with related work. Committee members are not required to read appendices, and papers should be intelligible without them. Submitted papers risk being rejected without consideration of their merits if they do not follow all the above guidelines. Submissions must not substantially duplicate work that was published elsewhere, or work that any of the authors has submitted in parallel to any other conference or workshop that has proceedings.

Authors will be asked to indicate whether their submissions should be considered for the best student paper award; any paper co-authored by a full-time student is eligible for this award.

Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their paper will be presented at the conference. A limited number of stipends are available to those unable to obtain funding to attend the conference. Students whose papers are accepted and who will present the paper themselves are given priority to receive such assistance. Requests for stipends should be addressed to the general chair after September 10.

Full papers have to be submitted via EDAS through the following short link: http://edas.info/N12761. First, papers have to be registered, then authors can upload their papers. A successful submission can be viewed in EDAS, and a confirmation email is sent to the corresponding author. Please make sure you receive that confirmation email when you submit, and follow the directions in that email if you require any follow up.

Research In Progress (RIP)

A special category is available in the paper submission system for Research in Progress (RIP). This category allows for research that is not yet ready for publication but would be of interest to other researchers for presentation and discussion. For consideration in this category please submit an extensive abstract via the paper submission system.

RIPs have to be submitted via EDAS through the following short link: http://edas.info/N12761. First, RIPs have to be registered, then authors can upload their papers. A successful submission can be viewed in EDAS, and a confirmation email is sent to the corresponding author. Please make sure you receive that confirmation email when you submit, and follow the directions in that email if you require any follow up.

Important Dates: (11:59pm US EDT)

  • Full and RIP papers registration due: August 3, 2012
  • Full paper submissions due: August 10, 2012 (extended)
  • RIP paper submissions due: August 10, 2012 (extended)
  • Conference: October 22-24, 2012
  • Camera ready due: November 2, 2012

We have extended the submission deadline to August 10, 2012. Authors must still register the paper and provide an abstract by August 3, 2012, on the EDAS submission server.

Organizing Committee

General Chair: Randy Vaughn, Baylor University

Program Co-Chairs:

  • Saeed Abu-Nimeh, PayPal
  • Tyler Moore, SMU

Steering Committee:

  • Don M. Blumenthal, Global Cyber Risk LLC
  • Jay Brennan, Mitre
  • Markus Jakobsson, PayPal
  • Oliver Friedrichs, Immunet
  • Susanne Wetzel, Stevens Institute of Technology

Technical Program Committee:

  • Manos Antonakakis, Damballa
  • L Jean Camp, Indiana University
  • Tom Chen, Swansea University
  • Nicolas Christin, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Richard Clayton, University of Cambridge
  • Michael Collins, RedJack
  • Eric Davis, Google
  • Benjamin Edelman, Harvard Business School
  • Jens Grossklags, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Thorsten Holz, Ruhr-University Bochum
  • Markus Jakobsson, PayPal
  • Grainne Kirwan, IADT
  • Christian Kreibich, International Computer Science Institute
  • Corrado Leita, Symantec Research Labs
  • Kirill Levchenko, University of California San Diego
  • Thomas Morris, Mississippi State University
  • Jose Nazario, Arbor Networks
  • Roberto Perdisci, University of Georgia
  • Sid Stamm, Mozilla
  • Brad Wardman, PayPal
  • Maxim Weinstein, StopBadware
  • Susanne Wetzel, Stevens Institute of Technology

Sponsorship Opportunities

APWG is offering an opportunity to build relationships while marketing your company to a targeted audience of security, messaging and financial professionals. Sponsorships are a personal, non-intrusive way of conveying your message. Additionally, your participation can help support activities vital to the overall success of the APWG and its research partners, which ultimately contributes to the success of the entire counter-eCrime stakeholders' community.

There are a sponsorship opportunities available for those who want to use this meetings as an opportunity to communicate their brand and message to APWG members, presenters and event attendees, each either a critical decision maker or a thought leader in his or her own right.

Please contact Deputy-Secretary Foy Shiver for details via email at foy [at] apwg.org.


Registration for the 2012 eCrime Researchers Summit is $575 for both days including lunch each day and all after hours gatherings. An "early bird" discounted rate of $425 for registrations on or before 23 September.
( Active APWG Members do receive a small discount during event registration, they are also invited to attend Mondays General Meeting. Details of the full week's program here . . .)

Registration is available here . . .

Event Logistics

This years event will be hosted at the El Conquistador Resort in Las Croabas, Puerto Ricao. Perched high above the ocean on a 300-foot cliff, El Conquistador Resort is a peaceful retreat on the Island of Enchantment. Amenitties include ful spa and fitness facilities, a water park, golf, tennis and numerous dinning options.

We have arranged a special rate of $160 per night (plus fees), details to arrange reservations will be posted soon.

El Conquistador Resort
1000 El Conquistador Avenue
Las Croabas, PR 00738

See full location details on the meeting page here . . .

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