Cybercrime Observatory - Resources


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.


Dr Lennon Yao-chung Chang

Lennon is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University, Australia. He is Vice-chairman of the Asia Pacific Association of Technology and Society which he co-founded in 2014. He was selected as an Australia-China Emerging Leader (2009), a Global Emerging Voices Fellow (2012), and an Australia-China Youth Dialogue Fellow (2013).

Lennon’s research focus is on cybercrime, the governance of cyberspace and co-production of cyber security, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. His book Cybercrime in the Greater China Region: Regulatory Responses and Crime Prevention (Edward Elgar, 2012) explores the responses to cybercrime between China and Taiwan. He was awarded his PhD by the Australian National University in November 2010, and is one of the founders of the ANU Cybercrime Observatory.

Dr Steve Chon

Steve is a cyber security researcher and practitioner with governmental, private sector and academic research experience. His research interests focus on the social organisation of underground hacker communities as well as the sociological causes of online offending behaviour. His current pursuit involves profiling online behaviour of fraudsters by leveraging data science techniques.

Steve was awarded his PhD by the Australian National University in 2016. He has a Master of Jurisprudence from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor in Computer Science from the University of Toronto. Steve is one of the founders of the ANU Cybercrime Observatory.

Dr Ramesh Sankaranarayana

Ramesh is currently the Associate Director (Educational Partnerships) of the Research School of Computer Science, College of Engineering and Computer Science, The Australian National University. He has previously held appointments as Associate Director (Education) in the Research School of Computer Science, and Associate Dean Undergraduate (Computer Science) in the former Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, ANU.

He graduated with a PhD from the University of Alberta, Canada and a ME (Electrical Engineering) from the Indian Institute of Science, India. He has developed and taught security related material for around 20 years. He has played a key role in setting up the proposed new Cyber Security major in the Bachelor of Information Technology program, which will be first offered in 2018. He is deeply involved with the cyber security offerings of the Research School of Computer Science. His research interests lie in the areas of information retrieval, software engineering and security. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Dr Nguyen Tran

Nguyen is a researcher and data scientist, specialising in knowledge discovery, text mining, and machine learning applications. He is currently with IBM Research Australia in Melbourne since 2016 as a post-doctoral researcher. Before joining IBM, he worked as a Data Scientist for the Australian Government in Melbourne, and as a Research Officer (and founder) at the ANU Cybercrime Observatory on a casual basis while studying for his PhD in Canberra.

He studied at the Australian National University for his Bachelor of Computer Science (awarded in 2009 with First Class Honours) and for his PhD in Computer Science (awarded in 2015). His PhD thesis explored and proposed new methods to detect vandalism on Wikipedia across multiple languages; comprised of publications in TKDE, PAKDD, CIKM, and AusDM. He has also contributed to other research projects with publications in WWW, COSN, JDIQ, and others.

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