Cybercrime Observatory

Rod Broadhurst on exploring drug markets on the darknet

In this episode of CrimPod, Rod Broadhurst discusses the nature of research on the darknet.

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Profiting from the pandemic: Fake vaccines and PPE flood the dark web

Vendors on the dark web are selling Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and drugs marketed as coronavirus vaccines or cures at high cost, according to a new study from The

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Deep fakes and other AI applications a danger to democracy and human rights

A new report from the ANU Cybercrime Observatory, Artificial Intelligence and Crime addresses the pressing challenges to cyber safety and security that automated

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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

  • Crypto-currency Blockchain Misuse
  • Crypto-markets (Darknet Markets) analysis
  • Malware or crime-as-a-service
  • New trends in Child Exploitation Material (CEM)
  • 3D Printed and novel hybrid firearms
  • Election Tampering

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:

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

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Research projects

Check out some of our current and past projects

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Publications from the Cybercrime Observatory academics and students

News & events

Cybercrime Observatory news and events listings


Information about our funding and our academic and industry partners

Contact us

Our contact details and location

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Contact details

Professor Rod Broadhurst
P: +61 2 6125 4665

Our address
ANU Cybercrime Observatory School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)
College of Asia and the Pacific
The Australian National University
Coombs Extension Building (no 8)
Fellows Road
ACT 2601

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