Adventures in Cybercrime and Crypto-market Research



Roderic Broadhurst, David Lord, Julian Slater


Seminar Room 1.04, Coombs Extension Building (8), Fellows Road, ANU


Tuesday, 6 February, 2018 - 12:30 to 13:30
How risky is it to become a victim of cybercrime?  How safe and easy is it to purchase illicit products on the Internet? 
The ANU Cybercrime Observatory tackles these questions by adapting traditional research methods as shown in the following:
• The results of a small observation study of the effectiveness of social engineering or email ‘phishing’ illustrate why the risks of cybercrime continue to elude technical solutions. This study of a small sample of ANU university students tests their vulnerability to email scams.
• Our reconnaissance of DARKNET crypto-markets shows the scale and scope of the many illicit services and products now on-line. We focus on the purchase of synthetic opioids as an example of market disruption and criminal innovation.
• How DARKNET sources provide opportunities for law enforcement Intelligence and contribute to targeted operations.
These two examples and the connections between crime and crypto and other on-line market forms are illustrated. The panel discusses what options are feasible with combating these.
About the speakers
Roderic Broadhurst is a Professor of Criminology, and is Director of the ANU Cybercrime Observatory and non-residential fellow of the Korean Institute of Criminology.
David Lord is a Research Officer at Cybercrime Observatory and postgraduate Department of Computer Science.
Julian Slater is a Assistance Commissioner, Australian Federal Police, and Visiting Fellow Regnet. He has worked in both operational and leadership role predominantly in forensic investigations throughout his career.





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