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Cybercrime: The Australian Experience. Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) Conference Assistant Commissioner Tim Morris AM APM National Manager, High Tech Crime Operations Australian Federal Police. Cybercrime: Australian Trends.

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cybercrime the australian experience

Cybercrime:The Australian Experience

Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) Conference

Assistant Commissioner Tim Morris AM APM

National Manager, High Tech Crime Operations

Australian Federal Police

cybercrime australian trends
Cybercrime: Australian Trends
  • Cyber crime is now a ubiquitous mainstream & ‘traditional’ crime
  • 5.4 million Australian victims in 2012at cost of an estimated $AU1.06 billion
  • Availability of tools required to carry out a cyber attack are widely accessible
  • Financially motivated crime groups target the financial sector to chase high returns
cyber crime australian threats
Cyber crime: Australian threats
  • Intelligence shows an increase in cross-platform malware production
  • Key business targets (such as banking and finance)
  • Intrusion, modification & denial of service
  • Data theft
  • Requirement for target hardening: the AFP is closely aligned with private industry to combat cybercrime through intelligence, information sharing and prevention strategies
cybercrime international trends
Cybercrime: International Trends

Emerging international cybercrime trends:

  • Multi-platform threats
  • Social engineering scams – creating level of trust at first
  • Highly targeted (malware)
  • Increasing complexity and ingenuity

AFP Cyber Crime Operations

  • The AFP’s Cyber Crime Operations Teams are responsible for investigating significant computer intrusions such as:
    • Distributed Denial of Service attacks
    • breaches of major computer systems
    • collective large scale breaches to harvest personal, business and/or financial data
    • creating, controlling or distributing malicious software, and
    • crime which directly impacts critical infrastructure

Melbourne Team

  • Malware deployment and sophisticated malware kits

Sydney Team

  • Threats to banking sector

Canberra Teams

  • Issue Motivated Groups (Hacktivism)

Key common goals

  • Prosecution
  • Disruption
  • Prevention of loss
  • Intelligence sharing
addressing cybercrime challenges opportunities
Addressing cybercrime: Challenges & opportunities
  • Common frameworks or protocols to support investigations
  • Data sovereignty – where is the data, stored processed and transmitted?
  • Jurisdictional Issues - Criminal acts can be carried out in Australia from anywhere in the world
  • Speed at which cyber criminals act and the ease with which digital evidence is destroyed
  • Way forward: implementation of regulation on metadata retention
  • Is the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1987 up to the task?
policies and initiatives
Policies and Initiatives

The Australian government has a number of initiatives and policies including:

  • Australian Cyber Security Centre
    • Cyber Security Operations Centre
  • CERT Australia
  • The National Plan to Combat Cybercrime
  • Australian Government Cyber Security Strategy
  • Australia is also party to the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime