Monday-Wednesday, October 1921: Midterm Exam. Part of the midterm will be handed out in class on Monday, Oct 19. The midterm will be in class on Wednesday, October 21.

Today’s class was a visit from Special Agent Jeremy D’Errico, Special Benjamin Blome, David Cochran, and Stuart VonCanon from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Richmond Division).

For Problem Set 3, you will be analyzing the blockchain to understand transactions involving bitcoin ransomware crimes. Some links to relevant posts and papers:

CryptoWall Ransomware, Dell SecureWorks Counter Threat, August 2014.

Tearing Down Cryptowall, Brian Wallace, 4 November 2014.

Amin Kharraz, William Robertson, Davide Balzarotti, Leyla Bilge, and Engin Kirda. Cutting the Gordian Knot: A Look Under the Hood of Ransomware Attacks. DIMVA 2015.

Shuang Hao, Kevin Borgolte, Nick Nikiforakis, Gianluca Stringhini, Manuel Egele, Michael Eubanks, Brian Krebs, Giovanni Vigna. Drops for Stuff: An Analysis of Reshipping Mule Scams. ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security 2015.

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