Cybercrime Observatory

Potent doses of illegal drugs are evading authorities

Small quantities of synthetic opioids such as fentanyl are being smuggled past customs barriers and used to create recreational drugs, which are spreading at an alarming rate with the help of cryptocurrencies.

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NEW Master of Criminology, Justice and Regulation

We are excited to launch the new Master of Criminology, Justice and Regulation, which is now taking applications

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The underground market for ransomware

Opinion piece by Rod Broadhurst in The Conversation

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The ANU Cybercrime Observatory’s mission is to monitor & identify trends from data collected from the Internet, or through government and industry partners.

Examples of our work include: analysis of botnet traffic and spam, investigations of underground online hacking forums, illicit markets, capture of malware, and the evolution of social engineering. The goal is to identify the patterns, methods and causes of Internet based crime and to better understand the impact on victims and society.

Our research is focused on the disciplines of criminology and crime prevention. We also draw on law, regulatory theory, security studies, data mining, information security, and computer science.

A major focus is on research training, work experience and cross-disciplinary ‘incubation’ for undergraduate and postgraduate students in cybersecurity and cybercrime prevention.

In line with the strategic research priorities of Australia, our research endeavours to assist in improving cybersecurity for Australians including individuals, businesses and government.

Current Research Projects

  • Malware or crime-as-a-service, illicit crypto-markets and crypto-currencies
  • Cyber-terrorism
  • Phishing and social engineering
  • Evolution of Spam and Malware (2012-2016)
  • New trends in Child Exploitation Material (CEM)
  • 3D Printed and novel hybrid firearms

Collaborate with us

The ANU Cybercrime Observatory operates as an independent non-profit research group leveraging data sharing partnerships with government, business and other cybercrime research groups. We undertake training, commissioned research and make available our laboratory and other services on cost recovery fees basis and welcome collaboration.

We welcome expressions of interest from researchers, visitors and students for short-term visits or to commence studies. If you have a background in criminology, sociology, policing, law, applied statistics, computer science, data mining or online research methods, please contact us at: roderic.broadhurst@anu.edu.au

Study with us

Our academics teach into the following programs and courses:
CRIM2010: Cybercrime: an introduction (undergraduate)
Master of Criminology, Justice and Regulation

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People

The Cybercrime Observatory comprises academic staff from RegNet, including research and postdoctoral fellows, postgraduate students and interns

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Publications

Publications from the Cybercrime Observatory academics and students

News & events

Cybercrime Observatory news and events listings including podcasts

Resources

Information about our funding and our academic and industry partners

Contact us

Our contact details and location

Updated:  10 August 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, RegNet/Page Contact:  Director, RegNet