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Cryptocurrencies in Canada: Legal status and public policy considerations

Presented at the SERENE-RISC Workshop 2017, April. Bitcoin (BTC) has often been referred to as “nerd money”. However, since the first BTC transaction in 2009, the decentralized cryptocurrency has become more popular and is becoming widely available with more users and merchants adopting the cryptocurrency every day. This presentation will provide a high-level taxonomy of …

We’ve Moved

The SERENE-RISC administrative offices have moved.  We are now on level 5 of 3744 Rue Jean-Brillant, Montreal.  We have unpacked almost everything and are getting settled in after the stress of moving two blocks to the west.  It is even easier for our partners and members to come and visit as we are now much …

Assessing the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Risks of Emerging Payment Technologies

Rapid advancements in financial technology – or “fintech” – are quickly changing the way we use and think about money. This includes both the use of technologies outside of the traditional regulated financial system, such as cryptocurrencies, and the financial innovations developed by banks, such as mobile wallets. This talk will provide a high level …

Bitcoin, the Gateway Virtual Currency?

Presented by Aaron Gilkes at the SERENE-RISC workshop 2017, April. Is Bitcoin (BTC) a gateway virtual currency? Will using BTC lead to more sinister or otherwise naughty behaviour online? There seems to be four prevailing groups of BTC users : Technology enthusiasts, Libertarians, Speculators and Criminals. I will be focusing on Law Enforcement’s experiences with BTC …

Security in virtualized infrastructures: A networking perspective

Presented by Dr. Ashraf Matrawy at the SERENE-RISC workshop 2017, April. For economic, technical, and environmental reasons, there is a very strong trend towards virtualizing computing infrastructures and relying less on private computing infrastructures. This trend utilizes information infrastructures that are built using virtualization techniques while taking advantage of very rapid advances in networking technologies. In …

2018 Toronto ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security !Call for Papers!

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One of the most important events for academics in computer security is coming to Canada in Fall.  This October 15 – 19, Toronto will play host to the 25th the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS). This year the conference will be Chaired by Canadian Researchers David Lie from the …

CAFC Bulletin sur les tendances de la criminalité financière: Marchandises contrefaites

Le Centre antifraude du Canada produit des bulletins régulièrement pour aider les Canadiens à mieux se protéger contre la fraude. Les Canadiens qui magasinent en ligne doivent se méfier des offres qui semblent trop belles pour être vraies. Le Centre antifraude du Canada (CAFC) reçoit de nombreux signalements de Canadiens qui achètent des articles en ligne qui …

CAFC Financial Crime Trend Bulletin: Counterfeit Merchandise

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre produces regular bulletins to help Canadians to better protect themselves against fraud.     Canadians shopping online need to be on the lookout for deals that can be too good to be true. The Canadian Anti‐Fraud Centre continues to get reports of Canadians buying merchandise online that turn out to be counterfeit. Websites …