Symposium on Electronic Crime Research

Call for Research Papers

event logo The twelth Symposium on Electronic Crime Research (eCrime) 2017 will be held between April 25 - 27, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

eCrime 2017 consists of 3 days of keynote presentations, technical and practical sessions, and interactive panels. This will allow for the academic researchers, security practitioners, and law enforcement to discuss and exchange ideas, experiences and lessons learnt in all aspects of electronic crime and ways to combat it.

New to this conference is the introduction of two publication tracks to help attract research covering applied, industrial cybercrime research as well as applied and/or theoretical cybercrime academic research. To further strengthen the confidence in each track, there have been two managing chairs and committees appointed for reviewing and selecting papers for each track of the cybercrime conference.

The conference offers travel grants to students who are having issues finding the funding to attend the conference. Note that there is a set final date for requesting the stipend so please get your requests in as soon as possible after hearing back about your paper’s acceptance. eCrime 2017 also has a best paper and runner-up award that is accompanied by a cash reward for the top papers submitted to the academic track only.

INDUSTRY SUBMITTERS, PLEASE READ: Expectations for Industy Paper Submissions to The Symposium on eCrime Research

Important Dates: (11:59pm US EDT)     Full Papers registration and submission due: February 8th, 2017
    Paper Notifications due: March 3rd, 2017
    Request for a stipend: March 10th, 2017
    Camera ready due: April 8th, 2017
    Conference: April 25th-27th, 2017

Academic Track Topics of interests include (but are not limited to):

  • Economics of online crime
    • Measurement studies of underground economies
    • Models of e-crime
    • Understanding business structure and return on investment of various types of crime such as phishing, advanced fee fraud, and operating a botnet.
  • Uncovering and disrupting online criminal collaboration and gangs
  • Security-related risk assessments
    • The risks and yields of attacks
    • Effectiveness of countermeasures
    • Metrics standards
    • Conventions in the establishment of tests of efficacy
  • Attack delivery strategies and countermeasures
    • Spam
    • DNS
    • Mobile Apps
    • Social engineering
    • Instant messaging
    • Web browser search manipulation
  • Malware
    • Detection
    • Identification of malware families
    • Polymorphic malware detection
    • Mobile malware
    • Techniques to circumvent detection and sandboxes
  • Security assessments of the mobile devices
    • Mobile App stores and ecosystems
    • Mobile App privacy
    • Risk prevention issues
  • Financial infrastructure of e-crime
    • Criminal payment processing options
    • Money laundering strategies
    • Use of crypto-currencies
    • Underground marketplaces
  • Technical, legal, political, social and psychological aspects of fraud and fraud prevention

Industrial Track Topics of interests include (but are not limited to):

  • Case studies of current attack methods
    • System and network intrusions
    • Phishing
    • Malware (rogue antivirus, botnets, ransomware, etc…)
    • Spam
    • Pharming
    • Crimeware toolkits
    • Emerging threats to mobile devices
  • Open source intelligence
    • Data collection and correlation
    • Strategies and tools
  • Case studies of online advertising fraud
    • Click fraud
    • Malvertising
    • Cookie stuffing
    • Affiliate fraud
  • Case studies of large-scale take-downs
    • Coordinated botnet disruption
    • Phishing takedown
    • Bullet proof hosting services
  • Economics of online crime
    • Measurement studies of underground economies
    • Models of e-crime
    • Understanding business structure and return on investment of various types of crime such as phishing, advanced fee fraud, and operating a botnet.
  • Uncovering and disrupting online criminal collaboration and gangs
  • Longitudinal study of eCrime related activities and their evolutions
  • Security assessments of the mobile devices
    • Mobile App stores and ecosystems
    • Mobile malware
    • Mobile App privacy
    • Risk prevention issues
  • Security-related risk assessments
    • The risks and yields of attacks
    • Effectiveness of countermeasures
    • Metrics standards
    • Conventions in the establishment of tests of efficacy

Accepted papers will be published in proceedings with IEEE. In addition, cash awards will be given for the best paper overall and the best student co-authored paper. A limited number of cash travel awards will also be made to student authors of papers and posters.

Instructions for Authors

eCrime has adopted the IEEE publication format. Submissions should be in English, in PDF format with all fonts embedded, formatted using the the IEEE conference template, found here: http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.html. Submissions should include author names, affiliations and acknowledgments. They should not exceed 12 letter-sized pages, not counting the bibliography and appendices. Papers should begin with a title, abstract, and an introduction that clearly summarizes the contributions of the paper at a level appropriate for a non-specialist reader. Papers should contain a scholarly exposition of ideas, techniques, and results, including motivation, relevance to practical applications, and a clear comparison with related work. Committee members are not required to read appendices, and papers should be intelligible without them. Submitted papers risk being rejected without consideration of their merits if they do not follow all the above guidelines. Submissions must not substantially duplicate work that was published elsewhere, or work that any of the authors has submitted in parallel to any other conference or workshop that has proceedings.

Authors will be asked to indicate whether their submissions should be considered for the best student paper award; any paper co-authored by a full-time student is eligible for this award.

Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their paper will be presented at the conference. A limited number of stipends are available to those unable to obtain funding to attend the conference. Students whose papers are accepted and who will present the paper themselves are given priority to receive such assistance. Requests for stipends should be addressed to the general chair after March 3rd.

For paper submissions in 2017 please register an account then use the New Submission option at https://ecrime17.hotcrp.com/.

Organizing Committee

General Chair: Brad Wardman, PayPal

Academic Track PC Chairs:
Damon McCoy, NYU
Nick Nikiforakis, Stony Brook University

Industry Track PC Chair:
Xuan Zhao, Cylance
Yu Cai,Michigan Technological University
Wei Ding, ProtectWise
Shibing Liu, Hyperloop One
Tongbo Luo, Palo Alto Networks
Mengfan Tang, University of California, Irvine
Brian Wallace, Cylance, Inc
Yunfeng Xi, DataVisor Inc
Xuan Zhao, Cylance, Inc
Ani Das, FireEye
Daniel Perito, Square
David Freeman, Linkedin
Dean Turner, Bridgewater Associates
Eric Davis, Google
Jesse Kornblum, Facebook
Jose Nazario, Soar Technology
Madhusudhanan Chandrasekaran, Microsoft
Peter Kieseberg, SBA research
Shawn Loveland, Microsoft
Stephen McCombie, RSA
Trent Adams, PayPal
Jeremy Clark, Concordia University
Luca Invernizzi, Google

Academic Track Program Committee:
Jason Polakis, University of Illinois at Chicago
Federico Maggi, Trendmicro
Marco Balduzzi, Trendmicro
Kirill Levchenko, UCSD
Tyler Moore, University of Tulsa
Juan Caballero, IMDEA
Nektarios Leontiadis, Facebook
Engin Kirda, Northeastern
Manos Antonakakis, Georgia Tech
Gianluca Stringhini, UCL
Chris Kanich, UIC
Chris Kruegel, UCSB
Alexandros Kapravelos, NCST
Sadia Afroz, ICSI
Ben Zhao, UCSB
Alice Hutchings, University of Cambridge
Thomas Vissers, KU Leuven
Neha Chachra, Facebook
Michalis Polychronakis, Stony Brook University

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