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Symposium on Electronic Crime Research 2023

15th November 2023 17th November 2023

Winning Papers for eCrime 2023 Selected

The 2023 APWG Symposium on Electronic Crime Research (APWG eCrime) gave a research team from the University of Twente its Best Paper award for a rigorous examination of the factors that influence the sizes of ransomware payments to cyber-extortion gangs, such as insurance, back-up availability and data exfiltration associated with attack. Preprint of Ransomware Economics: A Two-Step Approach To Model Ransom Paid is available here:


The runner-up paper for 2023 is Do users fall for real adversarial phishing? Investigating the human response to evasive webpages led by investigators from the University of Liechtenstein. The paper pre-print is available here:


Best Student Paper Award for eCrime 2023: Autism Disclosures and Cybercrime Discourse on a Large Underground Forum – Jessica Man,  Gilberto Atondo Siu, Alice Hutchings  (University of Cambridge) 

The Symposium on Electronic Crime Research 2023 (eCrime 2023) examines: the emerging tactics, techniques and procedures of today’s threatscape; the economic foundations; behavioral elements; and other keystone aspects that fuel the burgeoning global, multi-billion-dollar cybercrime plexus at its 18th annual symposium on Nov 15 – Nov 17, 2023 in Barcelona, Spain.

APWG sponsoring members can register for NO CHARGE using a members code (i.e. Premium: 3 per; Sponsor: 2 per; Corporate & Corporate Individual levels: 1 per). Member codes will be distributed to APWG members via the members discussion list. Discount ticket codes are also available for unsubsidized university researchers, government personnel and law enforcement personnel. Delegates from those organizations can contact the event organizers at apwg_events@apwg.org.

APWG will be using this, its 20th anniversary symposium, to map the evolution of cybercrime since 2003 when the first branded phishing campaigns hit bank customers’ email boxes – and to isolate inflection points that present opportunities for programmatic and, hopefully, dispositive interventions. Leading those discussions will be some of the most important authorities in the field of cybercrime suppression and intervention from industry, academia, law enforcement and the public sector. The eCrime 2023 agenda follows, below:

Students requiring discounts should contact symposium managers at apwg_events@apwg.org.

The symposium’s proceedings are in English.

Please contact the APWG eCrime organizers for details via email at apwg_events@apwg.org.

This year’s eCrime program marks 20 years since APWG’s founding. Originally organized by a coalition of banks, technology companies and US federal police agencies investigating the then new threat of phishing, APWG has since evolved into a coalition of cybercrime experts spanning the globe from a number of industries, research disciplines and public-sector entities — from national governments to multilateral treaty organizations.

Celebrating APWG’s 20th Anniversary

Symposium on Electronic Crime Research 2023

At eCrime 2023, an inter-disciplinary, cross-sector cohort of experts will peer into the future of the global confrontation with cybercrime to map the global response agenda for the decades ahead. Our delegation will consider how cybercrime complexity and AI will influence stake-holders’ strategic direction and define broader imperatives. We will look toward a future in which those synthetic intelligences will be put to use for benefit of civil society, of course, but we will also have to ask, in the end, under whose aegis will these intelligences operate? The good guys’? The bad guys’? Or their own?



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APWG eCrime 2023 Ice Breaker

Palau Dalmases 

Delegates’ entrance to the restaurant is here: C/ Banys Vells,13 Barcelona 08003

Ice Breaker Sponsored by Doppel

Modern digital risk protection.
‍For trusted brands.


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Introducing APWG eCrime 2023


Mr. Sergi Marcén i López, Secretary of Telecommunications and Digital Transformation for the Catalan Government

Tomàs Roy Català, Director of Agència de Ciberseguretat de Catalunya

David Jevans, APWG

Peter Cassidy, APWG

Forging the Responsive Counter-Cybercrime Ecosystem 

Program Segment Moderator: Brad Wardman, APWG Board of Directors / Booz Allen Hamilton


Luis Corrons, Gen Digital — How Generative AI Mutates Phishing and Scam Threats – and What Can Be Done About It


Shawn Loveland, Resecurity — Cutting the Cybergangs Off at the (Evolutionary) Pass


Paul Vixie, Distinguished Engineer, AWS Security — Going DarkCatastrophic security and privacy losses due to loss of visibility by managed private networks


Morning Coffee Break


Brad Wardman, Booz Allen Hamilton — Working Toward Data-Driven Decisions: Reframing applied research to update counter-phishing programs


Achieving High-fidelity Explanations for Risk Exposition Assessment in the Cybersecurity Domain

  • Presenter: Albert Calvo (Fundació i2CAT)
  • Presenter: Nil Ortiz (Fundació i2CAT)
  • Santiago Escuder (Fundació i2CAT)
  • Josep Escrig (Fundació i2CAT)
  • Xavier Marrugat (Fundació i2CAT)
  • Jordi Guijarro (Fundació i2CAT) 


Building a Resilient Domain Whitelist to Enhance Phishing Blocklist Accuracy

  • Presenter: Jan Bayer (Université Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, Grenoble INP, LIG) 
  • Sourena Maroofi (KOR Labs Cybersecurity) 
  • Olivier Hureau (Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble INP, LIG)
  • Andrzej Duda (Université Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, Grenoble INP, LIG) 
  • Maciej Korczyński (Université Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, Grenoble INP, LIG) 


Lunch Break

Emerging Attack Schemes at the Cybercrime Frontier

Program Segment Moderator: David Jevans, APWG Chair / MasterCard


David Jevans, MasterCard Executive Vice Chairman Crypto Security & Compliance / APWG ChairmanReanimator: a discussion about Spear Butchering at scale enabled by generative AI.  Also, dead people come back to life


Marc Rivero López, Kaspersky Lab / La Salle BCN University – Smart Society Research GroupPrilex Unleashed: The Evolution of Brazil’s Most Notorious Cybercriminal Group


Righard Zwienenberg, ESET / Eddy Willems, WAVCi Let’s CHAT about Gross Public Text generation


Afternoon Coffee Break


Gavin Reid & Joao Santos, Human SecurityDeconstructing BADBOX: How HUMAN Detected & Disrupted a Supply Chain Fraud Scheme


Josep Albors, Ontinet / Righard Zwienenberg, ESET Code Blue: Energy

Challenges to a Global Response to Cybercrime Posed by Complexity of Attack & Obfuscation Architectures

Program Segment Moderator: Dr. Laurin Weissinger, Fresenius Digital Technology / Department of Computer Science, Tufts University / Yale Law School


Dr. Laurin Weissinger, Fresenius Digital Technology / Department of Computer Science, Tufts University / Yale Law School

PANEL: Challenges to a Global Response to Cybercrime Posed by Complexity of Attack & Obfuscation Architectures


Richard Clayton, University of Cambridge

Miranda Bruce, University of Oxford

Brad Wardman, Booz Allen Hamilton / APWG

Pete Herzog, ISECOM

Dr. Serge Droz, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs / Vice Chair, FIRST


Speakers’ Dinner

By invitation to the APWG eCrime 2023 Speakers and Panelists


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Day 2 of eCrime 2023


Welcome and Orientation — Dr. Guy-Vincent Jourdan, APWG eCrime General Chair, University of Ottawa

Keynote: Chema Alonso, Telefonica


Chema Alonso, Telefonica —  Cybersecurity and Generative AI

Infrastructure Policy Omissions / Collisions & Litigation as a Policy Instrument

Program Segment Moderator: Pat Cain, APWG Board of Directors


Greg Aaron, Illumintel — DNS and infrastructure policy failures of the last 20 years and what remains to be fixed


Dean Marks, Coalition for Online Accountability — Litigation strategies to discipline platform providers employed by stakeholders in US and Europe


Morning Coffee Break


Bobby Flaim, Facebook, Head of Strategic Programs, IP & DNS Legal Team, Meta, Meta’s Adversarial Threat Report: Scoping the Biggest Threats on the Internet

Human Factors in Cybercrime Proliferation & Suppression

Program Segment Moderator: Aimee Larsen-Kirkpatrick, STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Messaging Convention


Gary Warner, University of Alabama at Birmingham – Dark Tower — Who Will Stand for the (Cyber) Defenseless?


Dr. L. Jean Camp, Indiana University

— Baselining Human Resilience at National Scale


Lunch Break


Aimee Larsen-Kirkpatrick, STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Messaging Convention

PANEL:  Empowering Users Through Research-Based Awareness Instrumentation 


Dr. Zinaida Benenson, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität

Samaila Atsen Bako, Security Evangelist, Code for Africa / Co-curator: STOP. THINK. CONNECT. | Nigeria

Dr. Abbie Maroño,Social-Engineer, LLC

Anil Raghuvanshi, ChildSafeNet

Pablo Lopez Aguilar, Global Cyber Alliance


Anil Raghuvanshi, ChildSafe.Net — Generative AI and Child Online Protection


Afternoon Coffee Break 


The Slippery Slope: Exploring the Parallels Between Game Cheating and Cybercrime Through Routine Activity Theory

  • Presenter: Selina Cho (University of Oxford)
  • Jonathan Lusthaus (University of Oxford)
  • Ivan Flechais (University of Oxford)


“Do users fall for real adversarial phishing?” Investigating the human response to evasive webpages

  • Presenter: Giovanni Apruzzese (University of Liechtenstein) 
  • Ajka Draganovic (University of Liechtenstein) 
  • Savino Dambra (Norton Research Group) 
  • Javier Aldana Iuit (Avast Software) 
  • Kevin Roundy (Norton Research Group) 


Hacker’s Paradise: Analysing music in a cybercrime forum 

  • Presenter: Anna Talas (University of Cambridge) 
  • Alice Hutchings (University of Cambridge)


Autism Disclosures and Cybercrime Discourse on a Large Underground Forum 

  • Presenter: Jessica Man (University of Cambridge) 
  • Gilberto Atondo Siu (University of Cambridge) 
  • Alice Hutchings (University of Cambridge) 


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Day 3 of eCrime 2023




Welcome and Delegates’ Orientation — Pat Cain, Board of Directors, APWG

Law Enforcement in Cybercrime’s Third Decade as a Growth Industry


Alexander Seger, Executive Secretary of the Cybercrime Convention, Council of EuropeInternational frameworks for cooperation on cybercrime: Budapest Convention v. UN treaty


Pedro Janices, Ministerio de Seguridad | ArgentinaArgentina’s Cybercrime-Fighting Approach: Prosecution – and Prevention


Masayuki Nakajima, National Police Agency JapanFighting Fake Stores in Japan (with a review of important aspects of NPA’s cybercrime fighting efforts in Japan.)


Late Morning Coffee Break


A Kubernetes Underlay for OpenTDIP Forensic Computing Backend

  • Presenter: Serguei Mokhov (Concordia University) 
  • Joey Paquet (Concordia University)
  • Pouria Zahraei (Concordia University)
  • Peyman Derafshkavian (Concordia University)


Increasing the Efficiency of Cryptoasset Investigations by Connecting the Cases

  • Presenter: Bernhard Haslhofer (Complexity Science Hub Vienna)
  • Presenter: Thomas Goger (Bavarian Central Office for the Prosecution of Cybercrime (ZCB))
  • Christiane Hanslbauer (Magistrate Court of Bamberg) 
  • Michael Fröwis (Iknaio Cryptoasset Analytics GmbH) 

APWG eCrime eXchange R&D Review


Pat Cain, APWG Enhancing the Operational Impact of the APWG eCrime eXchange

APWG.EU Research Review


Adriana Freitas, APWG.EU Securing the Future of Software Development: LAZARUS and the Evolution of DevSecOps

Marketplaces & Economics of Cybercrime


Ransomware Economics: A Two-Step Approach To Model Ransom Paid

  • Presenter: Tom Meurs (University of Twente) 
  • Edward Cartwright (De Montfort University, Leicester)
  • Anna Cartwright (Oxford Brookes University, Oxford) 
  • Marianne Junger (University of Twente)
  • Raphael Hoheisel (University of Twente) 
  • Erik Tews (University of Twente)
  • Abhishta Abhishta (University of Twente) 


Pump, Dump, and then What? The Long-Term Impact of Cryptocurrency Pump-and-Dump Schemes

  • Presenter: Josh Clough (University of Bristol) 
  • Matthew Edwards (University of Bristol) 


In the market for a Botnet? An in-depth analysis of botnet-related listings on Darkweb marketplaces

  • Presenter: Dimitrios Georgoulias (Aalborg University, Denmark)
  • Jens Myrup Pedersen (Aalborg University, Denmark)
  • Alice Hutchings (Cambridge University)
  • Morten Falch (Aalborg University, Denmark) 
  • Emmanouil Vasilomanolakis (Technical University of Denmark)

Call For Research Papers

Cybercrime’s Evolution in an Epoch of AI Crime and Accelerating Complexity

APWG celebrates its 20th anniversary by looking ahead to the coming decades that await the larger community of interveners, investigators, policy makers and stakeholders from private and public sectors as they face the increasing challenges posed by AI technologies and the accelerating complexity of the cybercrimes themselves.

APWG eCrime 2023 combines a peer-reviewed conference with general sessions open to industry, government, law enforcement and multilateral organizations, featuring keynote presentations from global thought-leaders, technical and practical sessions, and interactive panels. The objective of eCrime is to foster practical collaboration and the exchange of catalytic ideas by academic researchers, industry security practitioners, and law enforcement professionals in the global struggle against cybercrime.

Full Papers registration and submission due: September 10
Notification of acceptance: October 6
Conference: Nov 15-17
Camera-ready paper due: December 15

Authors of accepted papers must present them and register at the event.

Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their paper will be presented at the conference. We understand that some authors may face difficulties in obtaining funding to attend the conference. Therefore, a limited number of stipends are available for those who are unable to secure funding. Students who will present their accepted papers themselves will be given priority in receiving such assistance.


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Publication Chair Moury Bidgoli

Program Chair Laurin Weissinger
(Yale University)

General Chair Guy-Vincent Jourdan
(University of Ottawa)

Event Sponsors


HUMAN Security

Cybersecurity Agency of Catalonia

Generalitat de Catalunya

DCA Ciberseguretat

Featured Speakers

Paul Vixie
VP and Distinguished Engineer, AWS Security / Director at SIE Europe U.G.

Chema Alonso
Chief Digital Officer, Telefonica.

Dr. L. Jean Camp
Professor, Indiana University

Dean Marks
Director Emeritus and Legal Counsel, Coalition for Online Accountability (“COA”)

View All Confirmed Speakers Here


Committee MemberAffiliation
Adam OestPayPal
Alice HutchingsUniversity of Cambridge
Benoit DupontUniversite de Montreal
Elreann LeverettConcinnity Risks
Georgia OsbornOxford Information Labs
Guy JourdanUniversity of Ottawa
Laurin B WeissingerYale University / Tufts University
Moury BidgoliAccenture
Paria ShiraniUniversity of Ottawa
Periwinkle DoerflerFacebook
Peter CassidyAPWG
Suryadipta MajumdarConcordia University
Marc RiveroLa Salle Barcelona University / Kaspersky Lab
Zhibo “Eric” SunDrexel University
Arghya MukherjeeUniversity of Tulsa
Constantinos PatsakisUniversity of Piraeus
Furkan AlacaQueens University
Jan-Willem BulleeUniversity of Twente
Luca AllodiEindhoven University of Technology
Paria ShiraniUniversity of Ottawa
Rebekah OverdorfUNIL
Sergio PastranaUniversidad Carlos III de Madrid
Timothy BarronYale University

Universidad Pompeu Fabra – Campus de la Ciutadella
 c/Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27 | 08005 Barcelona

Call For General Session Talks/Panel Proposals

APWG eCrime 2023 will look ahead at the future of cybercrime in this uniquely perilous hour, when powerful, accessible AI technologies are cheap and ubiquitous and the compound complexities of technologies, (private and public) policies and network topologies make cybercrime fighting more difficult than ever – with no promise of relief on the horizon.

APWG is accepting Session and Panel proposals to complement the Research Papers and complete the eCrime Agenda.

Session and Panel proposals´ topics may include but are not limited to:

  1. Artificial Intelligence as criminal co-conspirator – and as defensive collaborator
  2. Addressing challenges of cybercrime’s increasing complexity (e.g. digital infrastructures, crime-fighting/forensic techniques, and the structure of the crimes themselves)
  3. Detecting and/or mitigating eCrime (e.g. online fraud, malware, phishing, ransomware, etc.)
  4. Behavioral and psychosocial aspects of cybercrime victimization – and prevention
  5. Measuring and modeling of cybercrime
  6. Economics of cybercrime
  7. Cybercrime payload delivery strategies and countermeasures (e.g. spam, mobile apps, social engineering, etc.)
  8. Public Policy and Law for cybercrime
  9. Cryptocurrency and related cybercrimes – and forensic tools and techniques for cryptocurrency related cybercrimes
  10. Case studies of current cybercrime attack methods, (e.g. phishing, malware, rogue antivirus programs, pharming, crimeware, botnets, and emerging techniques)
  11. Detecting/preventing abuse of internet infrastructure to neutralize cybercrimes
  12. Detecting/isolating cybercrime gangs’ and attendant money laundering enterprises
  13. Cybercrime’s evolution in specific verticals: (e.g. financial services, e-commerce, health, energy & supplies)
  14. Cybercriminal cloaking techniques – and counter-cloaking tools and approaches
  15. Design and evaluation of UI/UXs to neutralize fraud and enhance user security

To Submit a session or panel proposal

For consideration please submit a one page abstract abstract to apwg_events@apwg.org with the subject line “eCrime 2023 Session/Panel Proposal” Include speaker(s) name, affiliation and contact details with your submission. Sample slides or other supporting material are welcome.