APWG Receives Contribution From craigslist Charitable Fund to Prevent Online Crime

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Apr 26, 2016 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The APWG is pleased to announce it has received a grant from the craigslist Charitable Fund to pursue its non-profit objectives to prevent online crime.

“The APWG directors are thankful to the craigslist Charitable Fund for contributing to our work in scientific research, education and data sharing to prevent cybercrime from harming businesses and individuals”, said APWG Secretary General and co-founder, Peter Cassidy.

The charitable fund is financed by donations from Craigslist Inc., the online classified listings site founded by Craig Newmark in 1995.

Based in San Francisco, the private foundation grants millions of dollars each year to nonprofits active in areas such as environment, justice, non-violence, and journalism. Among its awardees are such esteemed institutions as: Oxfam America; Electronic Frontier Foundation; Brennan Center for Justice; and the American Library Association.

APWG, a global NGO with operations bases in Massachusetts, California, Georgia and Barcelona, Spain, will use the donation to advance its programs to combat global cyber crime: cybercrime data sharing; supporting emerging cybercrime research in universities; and public awareness education.

APWG Chairman Dave Jevans said, “Craigslist has empowered millions of individuals and small businesses to connect and create a dynamic economy where people can find jobs, housing, goods and services from their local markets. Cybercriminals have unfortunately plagued such marketplaces around the world.

“APWG is proud to have received this grant from Craigslist, and we hope that our efforts will continue to make a positive impact for consumers, businesses and governments alike in fighting cybercrime,” Mr, Jevans said.

About the APWG ( www.apwg.org )

The APWG, founded in 2003 as the Anti-Phishing Working Group, is a global industry, law enforcement, and government coalition of more than 1,800 institutions working to unify the global response to electronic crime. Since 2004, the APWG has developed and curated one of the world’s largest NGO-managed clearinghouses of cybercrime event data enabling the sharing of this data to protect consumers and businesses alike.

APWG’s directors, managers and research fellows advise and correspond with national governments; global governance bodies like the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, International Telecommunications Union and ICANN; hemispheric and global trade groups; and multilateral treaty organizations such as the European Commission, the G8 High Technology Crime Subgroup, Council of Europe’s Convention on Cybercrime, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Europol EC3 and the Organization of American States.

APWG is a member of the steering group of the Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative at the Commonwealth of Nations.

Membership is open to qualified financial institutions, online retailers, ISPs and Telcos, the law enforcement community, solutions providers, multi-lateral treaty organizations, research centers, trade associations and government agencies. The APWG’s <www.apwg.org> and <education.apwg.org> websites offer the public, industry and government agencies practical information about phishing and electronically mediated fraud as well as pointers to pragmatic technical solutions that provide immediate protection.

APWG is co-founder and co-manager of the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Messaging Convention, the global online safety public awareness collaborative <https://education.apwg.org/safety-messaging-convention/> and founder/curator of the eCrime Researchers Summit, the world’s first peer-reviewed conference dedicated specifically to electronic crime studies <www.ecrimeresearch.org>.

Among APWG’s corporate sponsors include:

AhnLab, Area 1, AT&T (T), Afilias Ltd., Avast!, AVG Technologies, Axur, Baidu Antivirus, Bangkok Bank, BBN Technologies, Barracuda Networks, BillMeLater, Bkav, Blue Coat, BrandMail, BrandProtect, Bsecure Technologies, CSC Digital Brand Services, Check Point Software Technologies, Claro, Cloudmark, Comcast, CSIRTBANELCO, Cyber Defender, Cyveillance, DigiCert, Domain Tools, Donuts, Easy Solutions, eBay/PayPal (EBAY), eCert, EC Cert, ESET, EST Soft, Facebook, FeelSafe Digital, FEBRABAN, Fortinet, FraudWatch International, F-Secure, GetResponse, GlobalSign, GoDaddy, Google, GroupIB, Hauri, Hitachi Systems, Ltd., Huawei Symantec, ICANN, Infoblox, IronPort (Cisco), ING Bank, Infoblox, Interac, Internet.bs, IT Matrix, iThreat Cyber Group, iZOOlogic, LaCaixa, Lenos Software, MX Tools, MailChannels, MailJet, MailChimp, MailShell, MarkMonitor, M86Security, McAfee (MFE), Melbourne IT, MessageLevel, Microsoft (MSFT), MicroWorld, Mimecast, Mirapoint, NHN, MyPW, nProtect Online Security, Netcraft, Network Solutions, NeuStar, Nominet, Nominum, NZRS Limited, Public Interest Registry, Panda Software, Phishlabs, PhishMe, Planty.net, Prevelent, Prevx, Proofpoint, QinetiQ, RSA Security (EMC), Rakuten, Return Path, RiskIQ, RuleSpace, SalesForce, SecureBrain, SendGrid, S21sec, SIDN, SilverPop, SiteLock, SnoopWall, SoftForum, SoftLayer, SoftSecurity, SOPHOS, SunTrust, SurfControl, Symantec (SYMC), Tagged, TDS Telecom, Telefonica (TEF), TransCreditBank, Trend Micro (TMIC), Trustwave, Vasco (VDSI), VADE-RETRO, VeriSign (VRSN), Wombat Security Technologies, Yahoo! (YHOO), and zvelo.

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