Posted by: David Harley | April 17, 2012

CeCOS VI: because malware is not the only threat…

…in fact, a survey commissioned by ESET some years ago found that in the sample population, Mac users accounted for more of the money lost to phishing and similar scams than PC users. That sample population was really too small to conclude that Mac users are in general more vulnerable to phishing scams, but the survey did at least make the point that they’re probably not less vulnerable, however protected they may think themselves against malware. (Well, you know what I think about that…) Macs aside, while we hear less about phishing nowadays, it certainly hasn’t gone away, even if it’s harder to distinguish against the general noisy background of Internet scamming.

I’ve respected the work of the Anti-Phishing Working Group for many years (and from time to time played a very small part in it), so I’m very happy to draw attention to the latest of its CeCOS (Counter eCrime Operations Summit) events. CeCOS VI takes place in Prague, April 25-27.

This year’s theme is Containing the Global Cybercrime Threat, and APWG aims to “gather global leaders from the financial services, technology, government, law enforcement, communications sectors, and research centers to define common goals and harmonize resources to strengthen the global counter-cybercrime effort.”

This year’s theme is Containing the Global Cybercrime Threat, and APWG aims to “gather global leaders from the financial services, technology, government, law enforcement, communications sectors, and research centers to define common goals and harmonize resources to strengthen the global counter-cybercrime effort.”

Key presentations will include:

  • Toward a Universal eCrime Taxonomy for Industry and Law Enforcement; by Iain Swaine, Ensequrity. 
  • Budapest Convention on Cybercrime: Transborder Law Enforcement Access to Data; by Alexander Seger, Director of the Data Protection and Cybercrime Division of the Council of Europe.
  • Adventures in Cybercrime Event Data Sharing; by Pat Cain, AWPG Resident Research Fellow.

Additional presentations about industrial policy at CeCOS VI will investigate policies that complicate the work of exploited brand holders and responders including the domain name system (DNS) registration process that is abused by phishers as part of their phishing campaigns.

AGENDA
http://apwg.org/events/2012_cecos.html#agenda

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION:
http://secure.lenos.com/lenos/antiphishing/cecos2012/

CONTACTS
APWG: Foy Shiver, +1 404-434-7282. fshiver@apwg.org 

David Harley CITP FBCS CISSP

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