Australian Govt to roll out cybercrime reporting site

November 14, 2014

The Federal Government will soon launch a new website aimed at providing a secure way of reporting cybercrime incidents such as identity theft and online fraud.Dubbed Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network, the website will enable the public to report cases of cybercrime and also offer information to the public on how to avoid such attacks. It is being positioned as a “national policing initiative” and police at federal and state levels would for the first time be able to access a national overview of cybercrime affecting Australians citizens and businesses, which would enable them to develop improved tactical and strategic responses to threats such as hacking, system attacks and identity theft. The introduction of the online crime reporting tool marks the latest step in the Government’s ongoing focus on national and online security.

Australian Federal Police complex
Australian Federal Police complex

In less than a year, the Australian government has introduced three sets of legislation aimed at increasing powers of law enforcement agencies to investigate crime under its $630 million package of changes to national security legislation. According to a friend who is familiar with the launch plan, Australian Police will be able to develop an enhanced understanding of how “cyber criminals” are targeting Australians. ACORN was developed by CrimTrac and will be managed by the Australian Crime Commission. Filling out the cybercrime reporting form will take about 15 minutes, according to site launch document. Australian Government spent over $1.5 million on the project, and is expected to spend a further $930,000 to market the site. The site is said to have been built with “proper safeguards” in anticipation that people will attempt to hack into it according to Australian Crime Commission.

Contador Harrison