University to host computer crimes conference May 27

Eric Parker
Eric Parker
May 27, 2014 - Quinnipiac will host the 8th annual Investigating Computer Crimes in the 21st Century conference on Tuesday, May 27.

The conference, sponsored by the Connecticut chapter of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association, will take place from 9 a.m. at the Rocky Top Student Center on the York Hill Campus. Quinnipiac is hosting the event for the fourth year.

Eric Parker, chief investigative reporter for WFSB-TV, will deliver the keynote address. Parker will discuss the evolution of high-tech crime he has seen through his reporting.

"I remember the first time I covered a scam where someone sold a car online only to find days later that the cashier's check was a fake," Parker said. "I saw some of the early Nigerian scams and talked to victims. The scammers kept evolving into grandparent scams, pretending to be calling from Microsoft and remotely accessing computers, placing skimmers on ATM machines, and on and on. In my investigative reporting, I've tried to spread awareness but the scammers evolve fast, and unlike a home improvement contractor who takes money and doesn't do the work, there's no 'bad guy' to confront. There is just a maddening lack of information except for the realization that the money is gone."  

Guest speakers will also include Secret Service agents as well as Kevin Kline and Jim Butler of the FBI's New Haven division. Information security and digital forensics experts Ron Schlecht and Frank Thorton will lead breakout sessions.

"It is a mix of law enforcement and corporate professionals who will discuss different tactics and trends in computer crime," said Brian Kelly, Quinnipiac's information security officer.

The conference is free for High Technology Crime Investigation Association members. Registration is $20 for non-members, who can also join HTCIA for an additional $55.