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ANU Cybercrime Observatory

ANU Cybercrime Observatory

The ANU Cybercrime Observatory mission is to monitor, identify and analyse trends from electronic data collected from the Internet and acquired through government partners. Examples of what we do include 'big data' analysis of botnet traffic and spam, covert investigations of underground online hacking discussion forums, and unraveling how infectious software and tools are used by criminals. The central goal is to identify patterns of crime to better understand the crime causation process and the social dynamics of Internet based crime. In line with the strategic research priorities of Australia, the research endeavours to assist in improving cybersecurity for Australians including individuals, businesses and government.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) describes observatories as "... permanent mechanisms for collating and assessing information on crime and related problems ..." (Handbook on the Crime Prevention Guidelines: Making them work, 2010, p. 59). Observatories can take different forms and the ANU Cybercrime Observatory operates as an independent non-profit 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 collaborarative opportunities.

Our approach is unique. We are the only established group in Australia undergoing cross-disciplinary cybercrime research. We draw from areas of expertise such as criminology, law, regulatory theory, data mining, information security, and computer science. Findings and results are underpinned by direct and indirect observation and experience. The majority of our investigations are framed within the discipline of crime, criminology and crime prevention.

The Observatory was developed with the assistance of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project grant and a Criminology Research Council (CRC) grant. In 2012, the ANU Cybercrime Observatory was established and co-founded by Professor Roderic Broadhurst, Dr Mamoun Alazab and Steve Chon. The Observatory is supervised by Professor Roderic Broadhurst with Professor Peter Grabosky as an expert advisor and Mr Nguyen Tran is the current co-ordinator.

The ANU Cybercrime Observatory welcomes expressions of interest from researchers, visitors and students for short-term visits or to commence studies.We are seeking:

  • applicants interested in commencing a PhD in cybercrime
  • visiting postdoc researchers, PhD candidates and masters students
  • cybercrime practitioners working in the field, including law enforcement
  • industry professionals interested in academic research

If you have a background in one of the areas, but not limited to, criminology, sociology, policing, law, applied statistics, computer science, data mining or online research methods, please contact us at:




Online Child Exploitation Material Research Project

ANU Cybercrime Observatory research assistants (Don Maxim, Katie Skinner and Stephanie Orlando), under the supervision of Professor Broadhurst, are currently working on a desk review for the Office of the Children's eSafety...

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Criminology undergraduates studying peers’ wifi and cybercrime risks

  Criminology students at The Australian National University are studying their peers’ Wi-Fi internet usage this semester to determine their awareness of online risks. It’s part of an internship in the ANU Cybercrime Observatory...

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3D Printing: Is the law keeping up with technology?

3D Printing: Is the law keeping up with technology? Today on the  ABC Radio program Life Matters, Prof. Broadhurst spoke about 3D Printing and the problems that law has in keeping pace with the evolution of such technology. Of particular...

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