Call for Papers
Targeted Attacks 2017 (TA’17)

A workshop held in conjunction with Financial Crypto and Data Security 2017
April 7, 2017
The Palace Hotel

A targeted attack is one in which contextual information about the intended victim is used to configure the attack; for example, a spear phishing attack is targeted, while a typical spam blast is not. Targeting is performed in order to maximize yield and minimize detection. Being able to assess the yield of attacks enables efforts to predict likely growth of these attacks, as soaring profits fuel more attacks. Similarly, it is important to understand how targeted attacks avoid detection in order to improve detection methods.

It is commonly believed that targeted attacks are enabled by data from account compromises, breaches, and public resources, but the risk associated with various type of data is poorly understood. It is also important to better understand  new methods or communication media used for targeted attacks, and how attackers tailor targeted attacks to the media and to their goals – whether this is to distribute malware, obtain data, or coerce a user to perform an action.

Topics of interests include, but are not limited to:
> Victim and offender focused experiments
> Prediction of targeted attacks
> Delivery channels
> Metrics
> Understanding what data is most valuable to attackers
> New countermeasures
> Identification of trends
> Social engineering methods
> Business email compromise / CEO Fraud
> Nation-state threats
> Multi-modal attacks (e.g., combined email, malware and DDoS vectors)
> Effective awareness training methods against targeted attacks

Program Chair:
Markus Jakobsson, Agari

Program committee:
David Maimon, UMD
Damon McCoy, NYU
Angela Sasse, UCL
Hossein Siadati, NYU
Elaine Shi, Cornell
Gianluca Stringhini, UCL
Gary Warner, PhishMe
Moti Yung, Snap

Important Dates

Paper submission   December 9th, 2016  December 21st, 2016
Paper notification    January 19th, 2017
Final papers             February 17th, 2017
Workshop                 April 7th, 2017
Submissions are accepted until 11:59pm, UCT-11.


Submissions are sought in the following categories:

(i) regular papers (15 pages LNCS format excluding references and appendices),
(ii) short papers (8 pages LNCS format in total).

The regular and short paper submissions must be anonymous, with no author names, affiliations, acknowledgments, or obvious references.

Papers must be formatted in standard LNCS format and submitted as PDF files. Submissions in other formats will be rejected. All papers must be submitted electronically according to the instructions and forms found here and at the submission site. For each accepted paper the workshop requires at least one registration at the general or academic rate.

Authors may only submit work that does not substantially overlap with work that is currently submitted or has been accepted for publication to a conference/workshop with proceedings or a journal. We consider double submission serious research fraud and will treat it as such. In case of doubt contact the program chairs for any clarifications at

Paper submissions should be uploaded through the conference submission website.

Regular Research Papers

Research papers should describe novel, previously unpublished scientific contributions to the field, and they will be subject to rigorous peer review. Accepted submissions will be included in the conference proceedings to be published in the Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series. Submissions are limited to 15 pages in standard LNCS format excluding references and appendices. A total page restriction may apply for the printed proceedings version. Committee members are not required to read the appendices, so the full papers should be intelligible without them. Regular papers must be anonymous with no author names, affiliations, acknowledgments, or obvious references.

Short Papers

Short papers are also subject to peer review, however, the intention is to encourage authors to introduce work in progress, novel applications and corporate/industrial experiences. Short papers will be evaluated with a focus on novelty and potential for sparking participants’ interest and future research avenues. Short paper submissions are limited to 8 pages in standard LNCS format in total. The paper title for short papers should necessarily include the text “Short Paper:” Accepted submissions will be included in the conference proceedings. Short papers must be also anonymous with no author names, affiliations, acknowledgments, or obvious references.