I can’t really avoid mentioning the Counter eCrime Operations Summit (CeCOS), put on by the Anti-Phishing Working Group et al., in Cybercrime Corner. I’ve known and occasionally worked with APWG for many years, as its focus has widened to embrace a wider range of cybercrime. We don’t talk so much about phishing nowadays, but it certainly hasn’t gone away, even while it has to some extent moved from the relatively crude phishing emails of that time to the social networking scams of recent years. I’ve desperately wanted to get to one of these Summits, but once again, it clashes with something else I have to attend in the UK.

CeCOS VI is to be held in Prague between April 25-27. The conference will look at operational issues and the development of communal resource, as you may gather from some key presentations:

  • 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.

However, the dramatis personae include plenty of other notable researchers and there are plenty of additional presentations. In particular, presentations investigating 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.

The conference defines its aims as “to identify common forensic needs, in terms of the data, tools, and communications protocols required to harmonize cybercrime response across borders and between private sector financial and industrial sector responders and public sector policy professionals and law enforcement.”  

If you fall into one of those groups, you should really consider a late registration!