[LINK] itN: Govt cybercrime reporting site

Roger Clarke Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Wed Nov 26 13:23:10 AEDT 2014

> ... police at federal and state levels would for the first time be able to access a national overview of cybercrime ...


[I wonder if this initiative represents progress in comparison with the processes that AusCERT ran for well over a decade?  And I wonder how its cost ($2.5m) compares with approaches used in the past - and indeed how it compares with the amount it used to pay AusCERT?]

>Formed in 1993, AusCERT is one of the oldest CERTs in the world and was the first CERT in Australia to operate as the national CERT, which it did until 2010.

[AusCERT Incident Management Services

Australian Govt rolls out cybercrime reporting site
John Hilvert
Nov 26, 2014 10:51 AM (2 hours ago)

ACORN pitched as 'national policing initiative'.

The Federal Government today launched a new website aimed at providing a secure way of reporting cybercrime incidents such as identity theft and online fraud.

Dubbed ACORN (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.

Michael Keenan said 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.

Police will be able to develop an enhanced understanding of how "cyber criminals" are targeting Australians, he said.

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, the minister said.

The Government spent just over $1.5 million on the project, and expects to spend a futther $930,000 to promote the site.

The site has been built with "proper safeguards" in anticipation that people will attempt to hack into it, an Australian Crime Commission spokesperson said.

The introduction of the online crime reporting tool marks the latest step in the Government's ongoing focus on national and online security.

In the last six months it 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.

The third, involving the mandatory retention of citizens' data for two years, was introduced in late October.

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