The national Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) launched today as a new form of reporting cybercrime.
Detective Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis, Commander of NSW Fraud and Cybercrime Squad, announced ACORN’s purpose is to give internet users a safe way to report online crime including: fraud, identity-theft, hacking and cyber bullying.
“The ACORN will allow people to easily report [crime] online, and that information will help us build a clearer picture of what the cybercrime threat looks like on a national scale,” Det Supt Katsogiannis said.
Users are able to make a crime report anonymously. Each case will be seriously investigated and then it will be assessed by local cybercrime teams. Det Supt Katsogiannis stressed ACORN will not replace older forms of reporting cybercrime, such as face to face or over the phone, instead becoming just another safe form to report crime online.
“Of course we still encourage people to report crime directly to police, but we understand that in some cases victims of cybercrime would prefer to make a report online,” he said.
“That’s going to give those people that additional option, and that information, when it falls within NSW Police’s jurisdiction, will be referred through to our local area commands for assessment and/or investigation.”
NSW Police believe online crime is destined to grow substantially in the next few years, and hope ACORN will allow them to stay on top of cybercrime and build strategies to help eradicate it. – Lily Mayers
For more information go to the ACORN website, www.acorn.gov.au.
Top photo by Daniel Walker.