Online crime and abuse isn’t “sexy” or “exciting”, but it’s a very important subject, especially as more and more of us spend more and more time (and money) online.
With the growth in popularity of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter criminals are finding new ways to commit crimes via impersonation / ID theft, viruses and many other methods.
The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) is an industry association focused on eliminating the identity theft and fraud that result from the growing problem of phishing and email spoofing (Disclosure – I am a member) . The organisation provides a forum to discuss phishing issues and evaluations of potential technology solutions, and access to a centralized repository of phishing attacks.
As part of its goals the group holds events throughout the year which foster collaboration and discussion between researchers, law enforcement, academia and industry.This year they are holding their first in Ireland!
The eCrime Researchers Sync-Up agenda hasn’t been finalised yet, but the current lineup is very impressive, with presentations planned from law enforcement, academia and industry.
Full information on the event is on the APWG site, but here are the highlights:
- University College Dublin, School of Computer Science and Informatics
- March 15-16 2011
- Registration is available online from as low as $50 (for APWG members or students)
While I won’t be able to attend this event in person (it conflicts with the ICANN meeting) I am hoping that some of our staff will be there.
UPDATE: We are delighted to announce that we are sponsoring this event
facebook has its dangerous aspects also, people know a lot about each other, but that is the danger of social networking.