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Friends, The APWG is pleased to announce the opening of registration for the APWG's 2008 Fall conferences: the members-only General Members' Meeting on October 14 and the eCrime Researchers Summit on October 15 and 16. Each of these conferences will be held contiguously as a single program at the Doubletree Hotel Atlanta in the heart of the cosmopolitan, eclectic Buckhead district of Atlanta. The first day of the conference, the General Members meeting, will be closed to media and to non-members and will be an exclusively members-only session. The last two days of the conference, our eCrime Researchers Summit, will be open-enrollment sessions for members and non-members and will be open to media coverage. A single admission fee [SEE: Conference Week Registration Notes, below] will cover both events for members and non-members. Note again, however, non-members will not be admitted to General Members' Meeting. The 2008 APWG conference week marks the APWG's fifth year in operation, presenting an important opportunity for reflection. Phishing, in those five short years, has grown in scope and in its criminal utility from a penny ante enterprise for robbing consumer bank accounts to an instrument used in derivatives fraud on national share-trading bourses. This year's meeting is much more than an important meeting place and research venue. It is, for all members of the counter-electronic-crime community, an opportunity to take stock of the advancements in electronic crime and the achievements of the professionals, researchers and volunteers who confront it every day and, as importantly, to consider as a group how the threat of electronic crime will unfold in the next 5 years - and its consequences. Conference Week Registration Notes The cutoff date for the discounted Early Bird registration rate of $325 is September 9, so make out your registration today. After September 9, the conference rate rises to $400 for members and non-members. (The discounted student rate is $150 and is only available to registered students with valid and current student IDs that will be checked the day of the conference.) The online registration page for the APWG 2007 General Members' Meeting and eCrime Researchers Summit can be found at: http://secure.lenos.com/lenos/antiphishing/eCrime2008/ Conference hotel accommodations registration page for APWG Conference Week is available here: http://www.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/ATLBHDT-APW-20081012/index.jhtml Conference hotel general information is available here: http://doubletree1.hilton.com/en_US/dt/hotel/ATLBHDT/index.do 2008 Conference Week Programming Notes At the General Members' Meeting on October 14 and the eCrime Researchers Summit on October 15 and 16 plan on three full days of investigations into crimeware, behavioral vulnerabilities, examinations of industrial policies, phishing statistics, DNS policies, law enforcement efforts as well as international field reports and panels of expert technologists, forensic artisans, front-line responders, law enforcement personnel, government regulators and academic and industrial researchers. We've got a number of presentation developing now but we are ready to review presentation proposals for the General Members' Meeting and the eCrime Researchers Summit in all the topic spaces we have traditionally covered: statistical overviews, desktop and web vulnerabilities related to ecrime, ecrime trends, electronic crime forensics, law enforcement, behavioral/user vulnerabilities, industrial policies related to ecrime and incidentally enabling ecrime and network vulnerabilities/exploitation related to ecrime. (Still, this year especially, we would appreciate presentations that incorporate perspective from the last five years, exploring how phishing and electronic crime has evolved thus far - and in that informing ideas about how it will unfold in the future.) Interested parties should forward their proposals and presentations to firstname.lastname@example.org The deadline for peer-reviewed papers from industrial and academic researchers for the eCrime Researchers Summit has closed. The poster submissions' deadline is September 3. The deadline for Research in Progress (RIP) proposals is September 1. (RIPs allow for late submissions of presentations of research that have yielded intriguing results but weren't ready at the conference's submission deadline.) For consideration in the RIP category please submit an extensive abstract to both of the eCrime Researchers Summit co-chairs: Susanne Wetzel at email@example.com and Randy Vaughn at RL_Vaughn@Baylor.edu. 2007 General Members' Meeting Sponsorship Opportunities Member companies and organizations that are interested in sponsoring some part of the APWG General Members' Meeting can contact Deputy Secretary General Foy Shiver at firstname.lastname@example.org. A sponsorship memorandum is available here: http://www.antiphishing.org/events/APWG_Sponsor_Memo_Fall2008.pdf Regards and thanks, Peter
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