ECE 498 KL - eCrime and Internet Service Abuse

Lecture: Tue and Thu 2:00 P.M. to 3:20 P.M. in ECEB 2015

Instructor: Kirill Levchenko

Office hours: Mondays at 2:00 P.M. in CSL 468

TA: Joshua Reynolds

Office hours: Thursdays at 1:00 P.M. in CSL 221

Course Syllabus


See the syllabus for late policies, dropped quizzes, etc.

0 Every Lecture Reading Quizzes
1 - MP 1
2 - MP 2
3 - MP 3
4 - MP 4

Lectures and Reading Assignments

DateTopicReading Assignment
Oct 25 Introduction No Reading
Oct 30 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) Required: 18 U.S. Code § 1030 – Fraud and related activity in connection with computers
Optional: C. Doyle. “Cybercrime: A Sketch of 18 U.S.C. 1030 and Related Federal Criminal Laws”
Reading questions:
  • What kind of computer access does the CFAA prohibit?
  • Which computers are protected by the CFAA?
  • What other acts does the CFAA prohibit?
Nov 1 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA)
and Stored Communications Act (SCA)
Required: 18 U.S. Code § 2511, 2701, 2702, 2703, 2707
Optional: G. Stevens and C. Doyle. “Privacy: An Overview of Federal Statutes Governing Wiretapping and Electronic Eavesdropping”
Reading questions:
  • What kind of communication does ECPA protect?
  • What acts does ECPA prohibit?
  • What kind of communication does SCA protect?
  • What kind of acts does SCA prohibit?
Nov 6 Web search Required: A. N. Langville and C. D. Meyer. Google's PageRank and Beyond: The Science of Search Engine Rankings,
Ch. 1, Sec. 1.3.2; Ch. 2, Sec. 2.1 and 2.2, skip pp. 17–18; Ch. 3, skip 3.2.2.
Reading questions:
  • How does a search engine know what is on your site?
  • How does a search engine determine which sites to show in response to a query?
  • How does a search engine determine a site’s position on a result page?
Nov 8 Search engine abuse No Reading Yet
Nov 13 Spam No Reading Yet
Nov 15 Spam detection No Reading Yet
Nov 20 Account hijacking No Reading Yet
Nov 22 Basic anti-abuse measures No Reading Yet
Dec 4 Malware No Reading Yet
Dec 6 Malware detection No Reading Yet
Dec 11 Malware monetization No Reading Yet
Dec ?? Final Exam Time & Location TBD

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