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Winter Meetings
New York - Thursday January 29, 2004
London - Tuesday February 3, 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 these Winter Meetings 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   |  About the APWG

Working Agenda

A number of common topics will be covered at each meeting. Specifically:

  • What is the APWG
  • Quantifying the phishing problem
  • Law enforcement & public policy efforts towards eliminating phishing
  • Best practices for consumers and corporations
  • Overview of proposed solutions to date
  • Proposed framework for information sharing via the APWG
  • How to get involved

In addition to the topics above, there will be a number of presentations made by members who submit topics prior to the meetings (see Call for Presentations below)

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 January 19th. Potential topics of interest include:

  • Number of phishing attacks and growth trends
  • Legal remedies, cross-border legal co-operation, legal challenges to prosecution
  • Estimates of financial losses
  • Analysis of phishing techniques
  • Forensic tools
  • Proposals for anti-phishing solutions including:
    • secure email, signed email
    • web and email filtering
    • domain name and website tracking services
    • ISP-level website blocking and filtering

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.

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 analysis, forensics, and archival of phishing attacks to the Web site are currently powered by Tumbleweed Communications' Message Protection Lab.

The APWG holds meetings 3-4 times per year, with the next scheduled meetings in New York City on January 29, 2004, and London on February 3, 2004. More information on the meeting locations and agendas, as well as online registration, are available on at

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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