eCrime 2020 – Symposium on Electronic Crime Research

eCrime 2020 – Symposium on Electronic Crime Research

eCrime 2020 – Boston, MA – September 22, 23 & 24

For 2020 APWG’s members will once again come together to bridge the gaps between cybersecurity operations, research and consumer messaging with our fifteenth Symposium on Electronic Crime Research (eCrime 2020).

eCrime 2020 will look at the operational challenges and development of common resources and best practices for first responders and forensic professionals. In addition, the conference will dive into current research projects and future areas of interest for cybercrime investigations, forensic techniques and infrastructure defense. including our peer-reviewed cybercrime published paper program with the IEEE-SA.

Operational and research insights for fighting electronic crime will be complimented and augmented with discussions on citizen awareness programs to help ensure a secure computing environment. This year’s meeting will bring a focus on the shifting nature of cybercrime and the inherent challenges of managing that dynamic threatscape.

With eCrime 2019 we will review the development of response paradigms and resources for counter-cybercrime managers and forensic professionals in the private and public sectors. Presenters will review case studies of national and regional economies under attack, narratives of successful trans-national forensic cooperation, while considering models for cooperation against ecrime and examining resources for cybercrime response and forensic enterprise.

This program will be held on September 22nd – 24th at the Holiday Inn Boston-Bunker Hill, Somerville, MA, USA.

Please contact Deputy-Secretary Foy Shiver for details via email at


Call for Research Papers

eCrime 2020 consists of a 3 day program composed  of keynote presentations, technical and practical sessions, and interactive panels. An overarching goal of these meetings is bringing together academic researchers, industry security practitioners, and law enforcement to discuss and exchange ideas, experiences and lessons learnt combating cybecrime.

The conference offers travel grants to students of accepted work who are having issues finding the funding to attend. Note that there is a set final date for requesting the stipend, please get your requests in as soon as possible after hearing back about your paper’s acceptance. eCrime 2019 also has a best paper and runner-up award that is accompanied by a cash reward for the top papers submitted.

Important Dates:

Full Papers registration and submission due: July 24, 2020

Paper Notifications due: August 21, 2020

Request for a stipend: tba

Camera ready due: TBA

Conference: September 22-24, 2020

Submission topics include but are not limited to:

  • Detecting and/or mitigating eCrime (e.g. online fraud, malware, phishing, ransomware, etc.)
  • Measuring and modeling of eCrime
  • Economics of online crime
  • eCrime delivery strategies and countermeasures (e.g. spam, mobile apps, social engineering, etc.)
  • Security assessments of mobile devices
  • Public Policy and Law for online crime

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. If we are able to hold a traditional in-person conference, accommodations will be made for authors and attendees wishing to participate online; in addition, a limited number of cash travel awards will also be made to student authors of papers and posters. Otherwise, the conference will be held online

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 IEEE conference template, found here:

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 (we note online presentations will be possible this year). If an in-person conference is possible, a limited number of stipends will be available to those unable to obtain funding to attend the conference. Students whose papers are accepted and are able to present in-person will be given priority to receive such assistance. Requests for stipends should be addressed to the general chair after the August 21st paper notifications.

For paper submissions in 2020 please register an account then use the New Submission option at


Organizing Committee

General Chair:
Gianluca Stringhini, Boston University

Program Chairs:
Alice Hutchings, University of Cambridge
Markus Jakobsson, ZapFraud

Program Committee:

  • TBA

Call for General Session Proposals

Details will be posted soon.  Please check back.


For this year’s eCrime event, all sessions, meetings and social activities will be held at the Holiday Inn Boston Bunker Hill.

holiday inn boston-bunker hillHoliday Inn Boston Bunker Hill Area
30 Washington Street
Somerville, MA 02143

APWG has negotiated a discounted rate for the event of $229 per night.  We will post a link and details to secure rooms in our discounted block shortly.  Please check back soon.