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Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network receives more than 45,500 reports



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The Hon Michael Keenan MP Minister for Justice

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Counter Terrorism

MEDIA RELEASE

7 February 2017

Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network receives more than 45,500 reports

The Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) is continuing to boost law enforcements efforts to crack down on cybercrime, with more than 45,500 reports received through the online system in 2016.

The threat of malicious cyber activity is serious and growing. It endangers the privacy and safety of Australians, the wealth and information generated and held by our businesses and governments, and our national security.

With today marking Safer Internet Day 2017, raising awareness of emerging online issues and encouraging all Australians to watch out for common online scams has never been more vital.

For consumers, online shopping remains an increasingly attractive option, but Australians need to be wary of fake websites selling counterfeit items and gifts.

Scammers are known to set up sophisticated websites designed to trick consumers into thinking they’re legitimate businesses, often using a ‘.com.au’ domain name and stolen Australian Business Number (ABN).

Protecting the Australian people, economy, our way of life, and making us more resilient to attack is the Australian Government’s top priority.

The Government launched the ACORN in November 2014 as an easy way for the public to report cybercrime and contribute to a national intelligence database which authorities can use to identify and shut down criminals.

The leading types of cybercrime being reported to the ACORN are online fraud and scams, with 22,679 reports received, accounting for 43.97% per cent of total reports received in 2016.

Online trading issues which affect Australians who buy and sell goods online were the second highest type of cybercrime reported, with ACORN receiving 8,783 reports in 2016.

Victoria received the highest number of cybercrime reports, closely followed by Queensland and New South Wales.

The majority of reported victims of cybercrime were between 20 and 40 years of age (40%), followed by the 40-60 age group (38%).

I encourage all members of the public to be vigilant online and work together to ensure a safer and more secure digital environment for all Australians by reporting cybercrime to the ACORN.

The ACORN can be accessed online at www.acorn.gov.au

Media contacts: Danielle McKay 0438 390 273 or Shannen Wilkinson 0476 820 816