Still waiting for your Christmas present to arrive? How to avoid and report cybercrime with the ACORN.

Author: Paul Williams, Executive Director of Corporate Services, Australian Crime Commission

Are you still waiting for a Christmas gift that should have arrived by now? Have you discovered a purchase you never made on your credit card? As a keen online shopper, it’s a sure bet that either you, or someone you know, has been affected by cybercrime. In fact – when you add up the total cost of online scams and fraud, hacking, identity theft and attacks on computer systems – we’re talking more than $2 billion dollars every year. That’s a lot of Christmas presents.

So what can you do to make sure you don’t fall victim to cybercrime? What should you do to report a crime if the worst happens and someone takes advantage of you? The answers to these questions can be found at a new Australian Government Website – the ACORN (Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network). Reporting cybercrime to the ACORN is easy, and will contribute to the national intelligence picture and allow law enforcement agencies to take action where possible. ACORN is a national policing initiative by CrimTrac, the Australian Crime Commission, the Attorney-General’s Department and every state and territory policing agency.

For the first time in Australia, the ACORN enables our law enforcement agencies to access a national picture of the cybercrime affecting Australians and Australian businesses. This will help improve our tactical and strategic responses and will help make Australia a harder target for cyber criminals.

With your help, the ACORN will be an important weapon in our fight against cybercrime. We all want to have a safe and happy holiday season – whether that’s with family and friends – or online.

To find out more or to report a cybercrime, visit

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