Cyber-crime

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Cyber attacks
Cyberterrorism
NARROWER TERMS


Report

Data breaches and cybercrime victimisation

This paper draws on data from a large national survey conducted in 2021 to examine the prevalence of data breaches among Australian computer users and the relationship between data breaches and other forms of cybercrime victimisation.
Briefing paper

State-sponsored economic cyberespionage and the risk to nations’ prosperity

In this briefing note, the authors conclude that the threat of state-sponsored economic cyber-espionage is more significant than ever, with countries industrialising their cyber-espionage efforts to target commercial firms and universities on a grand scale.
Report

Public exposure and responses to data breaches in Australia: October 2022

This paper reports Australians' views about data trust, cybercrime and data breaches and how these have changed. It is based on data from four waves of the ANUpoll collected over the period October 2019 to October 2022.
Report

Hard choices in a ransomware attack

Falling victim to a ransomware attack is a shocking moment. This report puts the reader in the shoes of a victim, as they make difficult decisions in the ensuing days, and draws lessons for industry and policy-makers trying to grapple with this policy challenge.
Report

Many hands in the cookie jar

This study, conducted from March to November 2021, examines prior examples of state-sponsored cyber espionage to see what forms of response the U.S. government considered, what actions it took, and whether those actions changed adversary behaviour or affected other actors’ behaviour.
Report

Help-seeking among Australian ransomware victims

Ransomware is malicious software (also known as malware) used to deny a person or organisation access to their IT systems and devices and/or to threaten the release of private data unless a ransom is paid. This study examines the help-seeking behaviour of 321 Australian ransomware...
Report

Identity crime and misuse in Australia: results of the 2021 online survey

Identity crime is common in Australia and internationally, affecting millions of individuals, businesses and government agencies annually. This bulletin presents the findings of the latest survey of identity crime and misuse undertaken by the Australian Institute of Criminology, as part of the Australian government’s National...
Strategy

Ransomware action plan

This document outlines the capabilities and powers that Australia will use to combat ransomware, seeks feedback on other regulatory reforms or voluntary incentives needed to promote the cyber security resilience of our digital economy, and provides information on where victims can go for help.​
Report

Responding to cybercrime: results of a comparison between community members and police personnel

This paper examines the views of the Australian community and law enforcement officers about the policing of cybercrime.
Report

Why Latin America should protect, not persecute, information security researchers

This report aims to increase awareness of the hostile environment for security research in four Latin American countries — Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, and Mexico — and propose solutions to protect this important work.
Policy report

Exfiltrate, encrypt, extort: the global rise of ransomware and Australia’s policy options

All governments, civil society groups and businesses—large and small—need to know how to manage and mitigate the risk of ransomware, but organisations can’t deal with the attacks on their own. This policy report addresses key areas in Australia where new policies and strategies and improved...
Discussion paper

Strengthening Australia’s cyber security regulations and incentives: a call for views

This discussion paper seeks the public's views about how the Australian government can encourage businesses to invest in cyber security, including through possible regulatory changes.
Report

Estimating the cost of pure cybercrime to Australian individuals

This report estimates the cost of pure cyber-crime to individuals in Australia in 2019.
Report

Fraud and its relationship to pandemics and economic crises: from Spanish flu to COVID-19

This report seeks to draw out the common characteristics of frauds associated with pandemics. The report identifies some novel crime types and methodologies arising during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 that were not seen in previous pandemics.
Report

Illicit firearms and other weapons on darknet markets

This study provides a snapshot of the availability of weapons across eight omnibus or ‘High Street’ and 12 specialist darknet or illicit cryptomarkets between July and December 2019.
Report

Technology-facilitated gender-based violence: an overview

This paper serves as an introduction to technology-facilitated gender-based violence (TFGBV) and many of the concepts that will serve as the basis for a new research project. Relying on the research done to date on TFGBV, this paper reviews some of the more common forms...
Report

The great cyber surrender: how police and governments abandon cybercrime victims

In the most comprehensive transatlantic study of its kind, this report finds that the approach of both police and policymakers to tackling cybercrime is so inadequate that it is tantamount to surrender.
Report

Partnership against cybercrime

This report presents the recommendations of the Partnership against Cybercrime Working Group as a first step towards establishing a global architecture for cooperation. The report argues that public-private partnership against cybercrime is the only way to gain an edge over cybercriminals. The report provides key...
Report

Malware in spam email: risks and trends in the Australian Spam Intelligence Database

Fighting spam requires a combination of technology and crime prevention strategies. This report suggests that the creation of effective partnerships between law enforcement agencies and stakeholders, such as ISPs and the private sector, is vital.
Report

ACSC Annual cyber threat report: July 2019 to June 2020

This report identifies and describes key cyber security threats targeting Australian systems and networks, and provides a range of examples and real-world case studies of malicious activity targeting Australian networks, between July 2019 and June 2020. It provides mitigation advice that all Australians and organisations...