Internet--Security measures

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Research report

15 May 2017

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) eighth annual report on scam activity highlights the significant harm scams continue to cause to the Australian community. This report explains key trends in scam activity and highlights the impact of scams on the community.


15 May 2017

During this year’s National Consumer Fraud Week (15 - 19 May), Scamwatch is providing advice to Australians to help them ‘spot social media scams’.

Annual Report

17 Mar 2017

After one full year of operations, Digital Rights Watch has released its inaugural annual report.



6 Feb 2017

In the recent past phishing was an attempt to reveal personal information; passwords; bank and credit card numbers, usually within spam email that purports to be from a well-known legitimate enterprise. Phishing is rapidly evolving from attempting to just steal information to also be the...

Research report

21 Dec 2016

Public wi-fi is becoming a key part of Australia’s communication system. However, the convenience and accessibility that make public wi-fi so popular also make it vulnerable to malevolent or illegal activities, particularly targeted at intercepting sensitive or valuable personal information.

Despite its popularity, we...

Research report

6 Dec 2016

The purpose of this research is to examine the complex interplay on the Internet between the right to freedom of expression (and information), transparency, and the right to privacy, which is further complicated by the competing interests of stateholders including the State, Internet users, ICT...

Journal article

27 Oct 2016

The Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is the Internet's default inter-domain routing protocol that manages connectivity among Autonomous Systems (ASes). Over the past two decades many anomalies of BGP have been identified that threaten its stability and reliability. This paper discusses and classifies these anomalies and...

Research report

16 May 2016

This report explains key trends in scam activity and highlights the impact of scams on the community.

Snapshot of 2015

Overall contact levels and financial losses

In 2015, the ACCC continued to observe a high level of scams activity in Australia,...

Audio interview

21 Apr 2016

The Australian Government has admitted for the first time that it has the ability to launch cyber attacks. The statement is in a $230 million Cyber Security Strategy that will be launched by the Prime Minister today, aimed at beefing up the nation's defences against...

Research report

29 Feb 2016

The consumer IoT issues identified in this research report are derived from three broad consumer-focused use-cases: ‘smart’ homes and appliances (Connected Homes), wearables (activity trackers, smartwatches, implantable devices etc.) and health care (Connected Humans), and smart cities and smart cars (Connected Habitats).

From these...

Discussion paper

13 Dec 2015

Seventieth session, agenda item 17

Information and communications technologies for development

The General Assembly adopts the following outcome document of the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the overall review of the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit...


9 Nov 2015


In 2015, just under half (43%) the world’s population has an Internet connection: 3.2 billion people, compared to 2.9 billion in July 2014.

The Internet brings communications, shopping, entertainment, news, education, work and more to anyone, anytime, anywhere and on any...

Research report

1 Nov 2015

Executive summary

This report reflects the work of the Freedom Online Coalition’s Working Group 3 “Privacy and Transparency Online”, carried out between August 2014 and May 2015. The Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) is a partnership of 28 governments, working to advance Internet freedom...


15 Oct 2015

The Internet of Things paints a vision of a carefree, seamlessly connected world–where interconnected devices collect and share our most practical data to improve the functionality of products, the efficiency of homes and workplaces, the infrastructures of cities, and, fundamentally, the overall integration of our...


15 Jun 2015

Bridging the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web and the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the British Library encouraged young people to debate the issues of rights and responsibilities in the digital space.

On 15 June 2015, the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta,...

Research report

11 Jun 2013

This report explains key trends in scam activity in 2012 and highlights the impact of scams on the community.

Snapshot of 2012

Scam reports

In 2012 the ACCC continued to observe a high level of scams activity in Australia, with...

Audio program

13 Aug 2012

Hacking. We often think of it happening to companies or governments. But it also happens to ordinary people.



9 Aug 2012

A few days ago, Anonymous activists hacked into AAPT, stole 40GB of data including customer information and forced offline ten Australian government websites, write Mark Gregory in The Conversation .

Anonymous members stated in an online internet relay chat (IRQ) interview with...

Discussion paper

18 Oct 2011

This paper seeks to start discussion how government, industry and the community can work together to address the challenges and risks arising from greater digital engagement.

The result of this conversation will be the release of Australia’s first Cyber White Paper in the first...

Research report

8 Mar 2010

More than 20,000 scam reports were made to the ACCC in 2009, an approximate increase of 16 per cent compared with 2008. This report explains key trends in scam activity and highlights the impact of scams on the community. It highlights the cooperative work of...