Twelve papers have been officially accepted for the 2021 edition of the APWG Symposium on Electronic Crime Research, to be held on December 1-3. Those papers, scored by the eCrime’s review committee, will be included in the peer-reviewed proceedings of eCrime 2021.

The range of topics in this year’s accepted papers describe a vibrant and growing panorama of cybercriminal enterprise and the technical, human and socio-economic factors that make it one of the fastest growing industries – however illegal – in the world today. Descriptions below.

Call for Session/Panel Proposals

Until midnight November 19, the APWG will be accepting proposals for the General Sessions of eCrime 2021 from our members and correspondents. Submissions should be sent in an email to with the subject “eCrime 2021 Session Proposal.”

Please include the presentation’s author(s) names, affiliations and acknowledgments, proposal title and a short abstract for the session. Sample slides are encouraged with your submission.

Topic spaces solicited for the General Sessions are reviewed below.

APWG Directors thank the new conference managers, Alice, Guy and Laurin for bringing in a set of momentous papers for eCrime 2021 in their first foray as eCrime’s curational team – and the review committee members – for their inestimable service to this year’s symposium. Bravo!

Publications Chair Laurin Weissinger (Fletcher School/Tufts University)

General Chair Alice Hutchings (University of Cambridge)

Program Chair Guy-Vincent Jourdan (University of Ottawa)

Tech and Data Papers

Technically oriented papers include one with surprising results in assessing phishing reports on a major social network; an analysis of the evolution of 14 distinct IoT Linux Malware family that emerged in the last two years; a fascinating analysis of the security and privacy risks of phone number recycling in the United States; and a study of domain squatting abuse in online banking.

Behavioral and Social Aspects Papers

Behavioral and social aspects submissions include one study looked at several personality traits to see if they impact ability to detect deception; a social aspects paper examines the Risk Perceptions of Cybercrime in Underground Forums.

Economics and Public Policy Papers

Darkweb markets are the focus of several contributions this year: the accepted papers include a study of darkweb marketplaces; and another one compares English and Chinese Darkweb markets; a third one delineates the roles (and criteria for role separation) in these marketplaces. We also have a study comparing trading activities taking place at forums in the Surface Web and in the Dark Web.Finally, eCrime 2021 accepted one papers with an intriguing hybrid focus, examining the impact of law enforcement actions on cryptocurrency market prices