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Department of Computer Science and Technology

Tuesday, 18 February, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:00
Marie Vasek, Department of Computer Science, UCL
LT2, Computer Laboratory, William Gates Building

In the past ten years, there has been an explosion in the number of cryptocurrencies developed. This rise in cryptocurrencies has induced a rise in assorted fraud associated with the vast array of largely indistinguishable currencies. First I will examine the dynamics of coin creation, competition, and destruction in the cryptocurrency industry. I then investigate the growing trend of cryptocurrency pump and dump scams, a method of price manipulation. Finally, I analyze the role of cryptocurrency exchanges in perpetuating this sort of fraud.


Marie Vasek is a Lecturer in Information Security at the UCL Department of Computer Science. Before joining UCL, she was an assistant professor in the computer science department at the University of New Mexico. She co-directs StopBadware, an anti-malware organization for which she started working in 2011. Her research focuses on cybercrime measurement, particularly web-based malware and abuse using cryptocurrencies. She received a PhD from the University of Tulsa, an MS from Southern Methodist University, and a BA from Wellesley College, all in computer science.

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