An average of 164 cybercrime reports are made by Australians every day — about one report every 10 minutes — according to the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC). The agency is a subsidiary of the Australian Signals Directorate tasked with strengthening the nation’s cybersecurity.
It also provides a single online portal for individuals and businesses to report cybercrime, known as ReportCyber.
Between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020, the ACSC responded to 2,266 cybersecurity incidents and received 59,806 cybercrime reports.
The most common category of cybercrime reported was fraud, which relates to criminals obtaining benefit through deception, such as investment, shopping, or romance scams.
Identity-related crimes incorporating the theft and misuse of personal information was the second most common category, followed by cyber abuse.
While the numbers show that fraud is the most common category, the ACSC assesses ransomware as the highest threat.
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