APWG eCrime 2015 Explores Cybercrime Threatening Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies

Conference Sessions Highlight Technologies and Protocols for Cooperative Response

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 29, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The APWG today announced the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency crime forum and collaborative networking program for cybercrime fighters at the 2015 Symposium on Electronic Crime Research (eCrime 2015) in Barcelona, Spain, May 26 – 29. A discounted registration rate is available for those who pay with Bitcoin. The full conference agenda and registration information are available at https://apwg.org/apwg-events/ecrime2015/.

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"Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin and many other cryptocurrencies have grown tremendously in the last two years," said APWG founder and chairman, Dave Jevans. "Along with that growth has come the attention of the cybercrime underground. From the Mt. Gox hack that lost more than $500 million and killed the company, to the recent attack on Bitstamp and all the malware that is trying to steal user wallets, criminals have clearly entered the space.  These sessions at the APWG eCrime Conference will give attendees the knowledge they need to understand the risks and the new security approaches for handling cryptocurrencies."

The APWG, the global cybercrime-fighting association, draws leading cybercrime experts from industry, public-sector law enforcement, government and academia from across the globe. eCrime 2015 combines the APWG's operations program and the peer-reviewed APWG Symposium on Electronic Crime Research for presentation of applied cybercrime research papers. Conference sessions cover every aspect of the dynamic cybercrime spectrum, from the latest crimeware technologies being thrown against consumer devices to data-exchange protocols for cooperative response to cybercrime threats.

Conference highlights include:

  • APWG Chairman and cryptocurrency expert Dave Jevans will moderate a Bitcoin crime and fraud prevention panel that covers the latest Bitcoin trends and ongoing security challenges that remain in the digital currency world.
  • Ken Miller, COO of Gem and payments expert, will discuss the latest standards, protocols and best practices for Bitcoin security for consumers, merchants and payment processors, as well as what's needed for mass adoption.
  • Law enforcement experts from EC3-EUROPOL, the FBI, Spanish eCrime Police Unit and National Police Agency of Japan will share their perspectives and discuss awareness and dissemination as prevention strategies.
  • Leading industry analysts from companies like CaixaBank, Telefónica, Tripwire, PandaLabs and Kaspersky will cover topics ranging from mobile threats and attacks to global phishing trends, risk assessments and metrics and share case studies and valuable research information.
  • A special eCrime meetup with the Barcelona Bitcoin community will be held the evening of May 26.

"There are incredibly strong parallels between the challenges of both adoption and security of Bitcoin and the early days of the Internet," said Gem COO Ken Miller. "But this time we can be much more ahead of the curve and, if done right, build a security infrastructure that exceeds anything we've seen previously in the financial services world."

APWG Secretary General Peter Cassidy said, "The new currencies are being inducted into Internet commerce, and the architecture of cybercrime mutates apace to exploit new opportunities. While some age-old crimes are being replayed in the cryptocurrency realm, new forms of cybercrime are emerging in this innovative space. APWG sees new venues in which its data clearinghouses can help manage the new ether-crime the way it deployed its cybercrime event data clearance mechanisms for industry when phishing appeared years ago."

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Sponsors of the APWG 2015 Symposium on Electronic Crime Research include CaixaBank, Telefónica, Verisign and Easy Solutions.

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 2,000 companies, government agencies and NGOs participating in the APWG worldwide. The APWG's www.apwg.org and education.apwg.org 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, www.stopthinkconnect.org, and founder/curator of the eCrime Researchers Summit, the world's only peer-reviewed conference dedicated specifically to electronic crime studies, www.ecrimeresearch.org.

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