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Anti-Phishing Working Group
Spring Meeting
San Francisco- Monday, April 5, 2004

The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) is focused on eliminating phishing and email spoofing attacks by developing and sharing information about the problem, and promoting the visibility and adoption of industry solutions. The goal of this Spring Meeting is to foster collaboration among member companies, initiate the exchange of information and best practices about the phishing problem, and to begin to identify potential solutions to the problem.

Please note that these meetings are open to members of the APWG only. Membership is open to qualified financial institutions, corporations, law enforcement agencies, public policy groups and solution vendors.

 Working Agenda    |   Call for Presentations   |  Registration   |  About the APWG

Working Agenda

The agenda for the meeting continues to evolve, but here is the latest look at the working sessions:

  • "The Digital Phishnet" - a proposal on phishing law enforcement
  • Technology Pilot Projects - Proposal and Evaluation Process
  • Internet Fraud Prosecution and Working with the Secret Service
  • Phishing Attack Trend Report April 2004 - 6 Month Trends and Analysis
  • Phishing Attack Repository and Data Sharing Proposal
  • Bank Best Practices to Stop Phishing
  • Preventive Measures: How a Company Can Make Itself a "Hard Target" for Phishers
  • Panel Discussion: Phishing and Brand Risk
  • Panel Discussion: Future Threats
  • Breakout sessions by industry (ISP, financial institutions, online retailers)
Call for Presentations

Anti-Phishing Working Group members are invited to submit proposals for presentations and panel discussions to the group. Submissions must be received by March 31st. Potential topics of interest include:

  • Best practices
  • Law enforcement proposals/processes
  • Sizing and quantifying the phishing problem
  • Analysis of phishing techniques and Internet forensic methods
  • Future threats
  • Education proposals

Presentations should be 20 minutes in length. Panel discussions will be 1 hour, and have 3-4 participants discussing a topic. Please submit proposals for presentations or panel discussions to Note that due to limited time and room constraints, not all submitted proposals will be accepted. However, all valid presentations and proposals will be available online to members on the website following the meetings.

Register for the San Francisco Meeting

The meeting is free to APWG members. There are several ways to register for the APWG meeting:

Current APWG Members:

Members can can register online for the meeting through the Anti-Phishing Working Group Member Site (

Members and Non-members:

Contact Shawna Lisk-Sprester at or +1 650-216-2101.

About the Anti-Phishing Working Group

The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) is focused on giving industry stakeholders a confidential forum to discuss phishing issues, define the scope of the phishing problem in terms of hard and soft costs, and share information and best practices for eliminating the problem. Where appropriate, the APWG will also look to share this information with law enforcement. Membership is open to qualified financial institutions, e-commerce companies, the law enforcement community, and industry. Because phishing attacks and email fraud are sensitive subjects for many organizations that do business online, the APWG has a policy of maintaining the confidentiality of member organizations.

The Web site of the Anti-Phishing Working Group is www.Anti-Phishing Working Group. It serves as a public and industry resource for information about the problem of phishing and email fraud, including identification and promotion of pragmatic technical solutions that can provide immediate protection and benefits against phishing attacks.

The APWG was founded by Tumbleweed Communications, and number of member banks, financial services institutions, and e-commerce providers. It held its first meeting in November 2003 in San Francisco.



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