– Barcelona Electronic Crime conference will gather IT operations, security, and law enforcement thought-leaders from Europe, United States, Asia and Australia next month to discuss operational priorities in the global confrontation against phishing and all forms of Electronic Crime.

– Luis Corrons, Technical Director of PandaLabs, will take part in the event with a presentation in which he will speak about the exponential growth of malware in recent months and the way it can be stopped.



Industry and public agency electronic crime responders, investigators and counter-electronic crime technologists from across the globe will gather in Barcelona next month for the 3rd Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) Counter-eCrime Operations Summit (CeCOS III), an annual international conference dedicated to uniting the industry and public sector response to the global electronic crime scourge.

APWG Secretary General Peter Cassidy said, “The criminal artisans that have organized on the Internet are growing in technical sophistication and command – and in their capacity to cloak themselves from detection. At CeCOS III, the APWG will posit a very important proposition: imagine a unified response to electronic crime as organized as the crimes themselves; imagine a response to electronic crime without frontiers.”

CeCOS III will unite IT operations, security, and law enforcement thought-leaders from Europe, America, Australia, East Asia and South Asia for to voice operational priorities in the global confrontation against phishing and electronic crime. The conference, to be held on May 12, 13 and 14, will engage questions of operational challenges and the development of common resources for the first responders, law enforcement officials and forensic professionals that protect consumers and enterprises from electronic crime threats every day.

These experts include Luis Corrons, Technical Director of PandaLabs, who will explain how numerous new strains of malware are appearing every day and saturating security laboratories. He will go on to describe how new detection technologies -such as cloud-based protection- can help combat this avalanche of malware.

“Every day we are detecting an average of 30,000 new strains of malware, most of which are designed with a financial motive, such as stealing bank passwords, selling fake antiviruses, etc. This is all symptomatic of the huge business that now centers around malware. I will be describing this situation and looking at how it can be halted”, says Luis Corrons.

CeCOS III is an open conference for members of the electronic-crime fighting community, hosted by the APWG and underwritten by its sponsors, including La Caixa, Telefonica, S21Sec, GMV, MarkMonitor, EMC’s RSA Security division, Ecija, Deloitte, Symantec and TB Security, a mix of industry principals that reflect CeCOS III’s truly international character and constituency.

Although sponsorship is principally from industry, the CeCOS programs are considered the most vital events to investigators and managers of electronic crime from across private and public sectors. In Tokyo last year at CeCOS II, some 250 delegates attended from law enforcement agencies, technology companies, financial services firms, security services firms, government agencies, consumer advocacy groups and research centers around the globe.

APWG’s CeCOS III will survey the technical advances of phishing and ecrime groups and, at the same time, benchmark the kinds of technical, operational and policy responses that have proven useful in countering them from the desktop all the way back to the domain name registry. Among the electronic crime issues probed at CeCOS III:

  • Analysis and interpretation of the Conficker worm by a technologist from SRI, the California think-tank that reported out on Conficker’s new and dangerous capabilities


  • Defensive strategies for the enterprise IT manager


  •  Strategies for protecting consumers from electronic crime


  •  Emerging technical attacks against desktops


  •  Global electronic crime field reports from Italy, Spain, the UK, Malaysia and India


  •  Evolving defense strategies for the Domain Name System


CeCOS III presenters will deliver discussions of counter-electronic crime operational issues such as successful forensic data sharing, criminal domain delisting, crimeware’s evolution, a global response architecture for electronic crime events, the coordination of responses to electronic crime through a common data reporting format – and an intriguing case of a government agency spying on a dissident group’s email communications – and more.

Thought leaders, researchers and responders chosen to speak at CeCOS III come from some of the pre-eminent counter-electronic crime companies, research centers, and agencies in the world, including the United States FBI, SRI, ICANN, Japan CERT, Australian Federal Police, China Internet Network Information Center, Telefonica, La Caixa, University of Cambridge, Baylor University, Carnegie Mellon University and United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute.

For more detail on the program’s content, visit the CeCOS III agenda: http://www.antiphishing.org/events/2009_opSummit.html

For Conference registration information, see: http://secure.lenos.com/lenos/antiphishing/opSummit09/

Hotel registration is available at: http://www.antiphishing.org/events/2009_opSummit.html#location