IWCC 2018

The 7th International Workshop on Cyber Crimes

to be held in conjunction with the 13th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security
(ARES 2018 – )

August 27 – August 30, 2018, Hamburg, Germany

Today’s world’s societies are becoming more and more dependent on open networks such as the Internet – where commercial activities, business transactions and government services are realized. This has led to the fast development of new cyber threats and numerous information security issues which are exploited by cyber criminals. The inability to provide trusted secure services in contemporary computer network technologies has a tremendous socio-economic impact on global enterprises as well as individuals.

Moreover, the frequently occurring international frauds impose the necessity to conduct the investigation of facts spanning across multiple international borders. Such examination is often subject to different jurisdictions and legal systems. A good illustration of the above being the Internet, which has made it easier to perpetrate traditional crimes. It has acted as an alternate avenue for the criminals to conduct their activities, and launch attacks with relative anonymity. The increased complexity of the communications and the networking infrastructure is making investigation of the crimes difficult. Traces of illegal digital activities are often buried in large volumes of data, which are hard to inspect with the aim of detecting offences and collecting evidence. Nowadays, the digital crime scene functions like any other network, with dedicated administrators functioning as the first responders.

This poses new challenges for law enforcement policies and forces the computer societies to utilize digital forensics to combat the increasing number of cybercrimes. Forensic professionals must be fully prepared in order to be able to provide court admissible evidence. To make these goals achievable, forensic techniques should keep pace with new technologies.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together the research accomplishments provided by the researchers from academia and the industry. The other goal is to show the latest research results in the field of digital forensics and to present the development of tools and techniques, which assist the investigation process of potentially illegal cyber activity. We encourage prospective authors to submit related distinguished research papers on the subject of both: theoretical approaches and practical case reviews.

Topics of interest comprise but are not limited to:

  • Ransomware: evolution, functioning, types, etc.
  • Crime-as-a-service
  • Criminal use of IoT e.g. IoT-based botnets
  • Mobile malware
  • Novel techniques in exploit kits
  • Criminal to criminal (C2C) communications
  • Criminal to victim (C2V) communications
  • Darknets and hidden services
  • Criminal abuse of clouds and social networks
  • Cybercrimes: evolution, new trends and detection
  • Cybercrime related investigations
  • Privacy issues in digital forensics
  • Network traffic analysis, traceback and attribution
  • Incident response, investigation and evidence handling
  • Integrity of digital evidence and live investigations
  • Identification, authentication and collection of digital evidence
  • Anti-forensic techniques and methods
  • Watermarking and intellectual property theft
  • Steganography/steganalysis and covert/subliminal channels
  • Network anomalies detection
  • Novel applications of information hiding in networks
  • Political and business issues related to digital forensics and anti-forensic techniques
Important Dates
Submission Deadline May 27, 2018
Author Notification June 15, 2018
Proceedings Version June 29, 2018
ARES EU Symposium August 27, 2018
Conference August 27 – August 30, 2018
Workshop Chair

Artur Janicki
Warsaw University of Technology, Poland

Wojciech Mazurczyk
Warsaw University of Technology, Poland

Krzysztof Szczypiorski
Warsaw University of Technology, Poland

Program Committee

George Weir, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom
Jozef Wozniak, Gdansk University of Technology, Poland
Johnson Thomas, Oklahoma State University, USA
Xiaofeng Chen, Xidian University, China
Stefan Katzenbeisser, TU Darmstadt, Germany
Bela Genge Petru, Maior University of Tg Mures, Romania
Prof. Dr. Jana Dittmann, Uni Magdeburg, Germany
Nabil Schear, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Joanna Śliwa, Military Communication Institute, Poland
Steffen Wendzel, Worms University of Applied Sciences and Fraunhofer FKIE, Germany
Ewa Syta, Trinity College, Ireland
Jean-Francois Lalande, CentraleSupélec, France
Pedro Luis Prospero Sanchez, University of São Paulo, Brasil
Eric Chan-Tin, Oklahoma State University, USA
Christian Kraetzer, Dept. of Computer Science, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany
Igor Kotenko, St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SPIIRAS), Russia
Guangjie Liu, njust, China
Michal Choras, ITTI Ltd.
Josef Pieprzyk, CSIRO/Data61, Australia
Luca Caviglione, CNR – ISSIA, Italy
Elias Bou-Harb, National Cyber Forensics and Traning Alliance & Florida Atlantic University, USA
Hui Tian, College of Computer Science and Technology, National Huaqiao University, China
Marc Chaumont, LIRMM, France


The submission guidelines valid for the IWCC workshop are the same as for the ARES conference. It is necessary that all papers submitted to EasyChair are anonymized (no names or affiliations of authors should be visible in the paper) . They can be found >>here<<.

Papers accepted by the workshop will be published in the Conference Proceedings of ARES 2018 that will be published by the International Conference Proceedings Series published by ACM (ACM ICPS).
Moreover, the extended versions of the best papers accepted for IWCC will be published in the special issue of the Journal of Universal Computer Science (confirmed), entitled “Recent Advances in Detection, Investigation and Mitigation of Cyber Crimes.