Global Strategies to Promote Internet Security and Neutralize Phishing and Internet Fraud Highlight APWG's Tokyo eCrime Conference and May 22 Press Event

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Tokyo eCrime Conference brings IT operations, Internet Security technologists, and law enforcement thought-leaders together from Japan, East Asia, America, and Europe to confront phishing, spam, eCrime, and Internet fraud to speeed the organization of a global response to ecrime.

Internet Security, Identity Theft, and Phishing scams, will be primary CeCOS II topics

A dialog specifically around operational issues will help clarify common priorities across the stake-holding community - which ranges from software designers to the boards of directors of global financial institutions.

The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) will preview its Counter-eCrime Operations Summit (CeCOS II) to be held in Tokyo, Japan, May, 26-27, during a high-level press conference May 22 in Tokyo.

CeCOS II will survey the technical advances of phishing and ecrime groups and benchmark the kinds of technical, operational and policy responses that have proven useful in countering them from the desktop all the way back to domain Registry.

CeCOS II will bring together business leaders, IT operations, Internet Security technologists, public policy officials, and law enforcement from around the world to prioritize plans in a global confrontation against phishing and forms of Internet fraud perpetrated against consumers and enterprises.

CeCOS II is co-hosted by the APWG and the Council of Anti-Phishing of Japan. The Council of Europe's Economic Crime Division at the Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs is a Program Partner. Industry sponsors include Hitachi Information Systems, Ltd., SecureBrain Corporation, Kaspersky Labs Japan and Microsoft. The Japan Network Security Association and other governmental agencies and associations have also joined as supporting agencies to CeCOS II.

eCrime is spreading worldwide and changing, with reports coming into APWG indicating increasing geographic spread of ecrime and a deeper focus on corporate assets: bank accounts, customer data (for identity theft purposes) and trade secrets.

Identity theft and fraud dropped to $51 billion worldwide over the last year, down from a high of $58 billion in 2006, acccording to the Javelin Strategy & Research 2008 Identity Fraud Survey Report. However, the Computer Security Institute 2007 survey of enterprises, government agencies and universities found that the average annual loss reported by respondents doubled to $350,424 from $168,000 form the year before - with finanial fraud causing the greatest damage of all forms of reported adverse security events.

Governments, industry, and law enforcement are divided and too often uncoordinated in the global contest with criminal gangs that are extremely well connected and coordinated. APWG's CeCOS II event helps all counter ecrime elements from industry, including ISPs, banks, ecommerce providers, software vendors, security companies, national computer emergency response teams, government regulators, law enforcement (public agency and private industry) to unite and forge a global agenda.

CeCOS II will present experts from all relevant technical, industrial and law enforcement fields to point to approaches that would help coordinate a global response to ecrime in terms of industrial policy and emerging law enforcement paradigms.

CeCOS II highlights include:

  • APWG is proposing its universal data format for industry and law enforcement to exchange electronic crime data and automate their processing, thus enabling better and faster-forming intelligence on electronic crime events and easing of forensic workloads.
  • JOGA is presenting important insights on how fraud can be perpetrated through the online gaming universe, one that didn't exist 10 years ago and is now a burgeoning economy all its own.
  • McAfee Avert Labs Japan will demonstrate how desktops are increasingly exposed to ever more intelligent crimeware and being tuned for different regions and for specific applications, effecting everyone who owns and operates a personal computer.
  • HKDNR / HKIRC, Hong Kong, China's HK Registry is demonstrating how industrial policy can effectively neutralize criminal activity on the Web with a case study of literally thousands of criminal domains names being swept off the World Wide Web by the trail-blazing HK Registry.
  • Trend Micro's security expert is presenting a proposal for organizing the way law enforcement and industry's reacts to electronic crime, proposing a comprehensive, coordinated response architecture.
  • Baylor University's botnet expert is discussing the consequences of allowing electronic crime gangs to co-opt and control ever larger segments of the internet's reach and infrastructure into so-called botnets and proposals to stem their growth.

"Through CeCOS II, APWG helps unite global counter ecrime stakeholders from business, techmnology, and the government policy and law enforcement communities," explained Peter Cassidy, secretary general of the APWG. "The CeCOS goal is to help forge and prioritize a global agenda in industrial policy and in public policy to neutralize electronic crime in our time."

Cassidy says, "A dialog specifically around operational issues will help clarify common priorities across the stake-holding community - which ranges from software designers to the boards of directors of global financial institutions."

For more detail visit the CeCOS II agenda:
For Conference registration information, see:
Hotel registration is available at:

Media Contacts:
APWG Secretary General Peter Cassidy - TEL: +1 617 669 1123 Email: pcassidy @
APWG CeCOS II Coordinator Kana Shinoda - TEL: +81 70 6643 0539 Email: kana @

About the APWG: The APWG is an industry, law enforcement and government coalition focused on eliminating the identity theft and fraud that result from the growing problem of phishing, email spoofing, and crimeware. Membership is open to qualified financial institutions, online retailers, ISPs, the law enforcement community and solutions providers. There are more than 1,800 companies and government agencies participating in the APWG and more than 3,000 members. The APWG's Web site ( offers the public and industry information about phishing and email fraud, including identification and promotion of pragmatic technical solutions that provide immediate protection. APWG's corporate sponsors include: 8e6 Technologies, AT&T (T), Able NV, ActivCard (ACTI), Adobe (ADBE), Afilias Inc., AhnLab, Anakam, BBN Technologies, BlueStreak, BrandMail, BrandProtect, Bsecure Technologies, Cisco (CSCO), Clear Search, Cloudmark, Comodo, Corillian (CORI), Cydelity, Cyveillance, DigiCert, DigitalEnvoy, DigitalResolve, Digital River, Earthlink (ELNK), eBay/PayPal (EBAY), Entrust (ENTU), Experian, eEye Fortinet, FrontPorch, F-Secure, Grisoft, GeoTrust, GlobalSign, GoDaddy, Goodmail Systems, GuardID Systems, IronPort, HitachiJoHo, ING Bank, Iconix, InternetIndentity, Internet Security Systems, IOvation, IS3, IT Matrix, Kaspersky Labs, Lenos Software, LightSpeed Systems, MailFrontier, MailShell, MarkMonitor, McAfee (MFE), MasterCard, MessageLevel, Microsoft (MSFT), Mirapoint, MySpace (NWS), MyPW, MX Logic, NameProtect, National Australia Bank (ASX: NAB) Netcraft, NetStar, Panda Software, Phoenix Technologies Inc. (PTEC), Quova, RSA SalesForce, Security (RSAS), SAIC, SecureBrain, Secure Computing (SCUR), S21sec, Sigaba, SoftForum, SOPHOS, SquareTrade, SurfControl, Symantec (SYMC), TDS Telecom, Telefonica (TEF), Trend Micro (TMIC), Tricerion, TriCipher, Tumbleweed Communications (TMWD), SurfControl (SRF.L), Vasco (VDSI), VeriSign (VRSN), Visa, Websense Inc. (WBSN), WholeSecurity, and Yahoo! (YHOO)


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