Research Provides Valuable Insights To Enhance Detection and Takedown Tools

Toronto, Canada– June 1, 2016 – Easy Solutions, the Total Fraud Protection® company, has announced that Javier Vargas, Research Manager, will present “Knowing Your Enemies: Leveraging Data Analysis to Expose Phishing Patterns Against a Major U.S. Financial Institution” at the upcoming APWG Annual Symposium on Electronic Crime Research (June 1-3,Toronto) of which Easy Solutions is a sponsor. The paper is the result of research he conducted with Data Scientist Alejandro Correa Bahnsen, who holds a PhD in Machine Learning, and Sergio Villegas, ‎Junior Data Scientist, into phishing attacks against a major U.S. financial institution over the course of a year.

WHAT:     “Knowing Your Enemies: Leveraging Data Analysis to Expose Phishing Patterns Against a Major U.S. Financial Institution” at APWG's Annual Symposium on Electronic Crime Research
WHEN:     9:10 a.m. on Thursday, June 2
WHO:       Javier Vargas (Research Manager), Alejandro Correa Bahnsen, PhD (Data Scientist) and Sergio Villegas (‎Junior Data Scientist)
WHERE:   Sheraton Central Toronto Hotel, Toronto, Canada

Phishing attacks against financial institutions constitute a major concern and force them to invest thousands of dollars annually in prevention, detection and takedown of these kinds of attacks. In his talk, Vargas will summarize the group’s findings, after applying data and clustering analysis, from data collected over the course of a year spent tracking and taking down phishing cases for a major U.S. financial institution. Their findings deliver valuable insight into those who targeted the institution and their modus operandi, providing a solid foundation for the construction of enhanced detection and takedown tools.

eCrime 2016 will examine 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 APWG’s peer-reviewed cybercrime published paper program with the IEEE-SA. This year's meeting will bring a focus on the shifting nature of cybercrime and the inherent challenges of managing that dynamic threatscape. The full agenda can be found here.


Easy Solutions is a security provider focused on the comprehensive detection and prevention of electronic fraud across all devices, channels and clouds. Our products range from fraud intelligence and secure browsing to multi-factor authentication and transaction anomaly detection, offering a one-stop shop for end-to-end fraud protection. The online activities of more than 85 million customers at 320 leading financial services companies, security firms, retailers, airlines and other entities in the US and abroad are protected by Easy Solutions Total Fraud Protection® platform.

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