Background and funding
The Observatory was developed with the assistance of a 2010 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project grant in 2010 led by Professor Rod Broadhurst and Dr Ray Choo (formerly of the Australian Institute of Criminology and now Texas AM) which created the ANU Cybercrime Laboratory. In 2012, the laboratory was renamed the ANU Cybercrime Observatory. Professor Roderic Broadhurst, and Professor Peter Grabosky, established the Observatory with the help of Dr Lennon Chang, Dr Steve Chon, Dr Mamoun Alazab, and Dr Nyguen Tran with the aim to help researchers, students and industry connect on cybercrime and security issues.
The observatory currently receives research funding from the Australian Criminology Research Council (for work on spam and spear phishing). Prof Broadhurst also holds a research fellowship with the Korean Institute of Criminology which supports the work of the Observatory through the UNODC - Virtual Forum Against Cybercrime (VFAC) network. ANU IT security supports the Observatory and ACMA & CERTAus provide data as required. Mr Nick Sifniotis co-ordinates the computer laboratory.