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Evil on the Internet

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This talk introduces the audience to a wide range of ‘evil’ websites that aim to defraud you of your money, with live examples presented to explain how they work and what is currently known about the criminals who operate them. There are many types of fraud … you will see “phishing” sites which collect banking credentials; fake escrow sites defrauding the winners of online auctions; fake banks which hold cash for fake African dictators; Ponzi scheme websites where almost (but not quite) everyone knows that they’re a scam; booters where you can buy a DDoS attack on your game playing opponents; ecommerce shops where you should not spend your money and various other types of evil including some very cute pictures of (non-existent) puppies.

Please note that, very regrettably of course, there’s so much to see that this talk doesn’t fit into a one hour slot.


Dr Richard Clayton is the Director of the Cambridge Cybercrime Centre based in the Computer Laboratory. He has been studying online fraud for decades and is currently heading an initiative to not only study online wickedness in Cambridge, but to collect extremely large cybercrime datasets and make them available to other academics so that they can contribute their expertise as well.

This talk is part of the Computer Laboratory Security Seminar series.

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