Our Cyber Related Offending Special Operation (CROSO) Determination was approved by the ACIC Board in June 2017. Cyber related offences present a significant threat to Australians. This covers a wide variety of offences, including identity crime, computer hacking, phishing, botnets, computer-facilitated crime, and cyber intrusion directed at private and national infrastructure.
Our Cyber Related Offending Special Operation aims to:
- collect and analyse criminal information and intelligence relating to cyber related offending activity, to disseminate that information and intelligence in accordance with the ACC Act and to inform the Board in relation to that information and intelligence
- identify entities involved in cyber related offending activity and the nature of their involvement and, as appropriate, to refer that information to partner bodies
- make appropriate recommendations to the Board about suggested investigative responses to cyber related offending activity by the ACIC, an ACIC task force or another body
- reduce the incidence and effect of cyber related offending activity through:
- disruption and prevention
- making the markets, sectors, infrastructure and capabilities exploited by cyber related offending activity more resilient to such activity
- making Australia and Australians more resilient to such activity
- making appropriate recommendations to the Board about reform of: the law relating to relevant offences; relevant policies and administrative practices; and the administration of the courts in relation to trials of relevant offences
- investigate cyber related offending activity and to collect evidence about that activity and facilitate the apprehension and, if appropriate, the prosecution of entities involved in it.
Cyber related offending activity is resilient to traditional law enforcement investigations and requires a collaborative approach with our partners. This approach includes:
- developing comprehensive intelligence about the nature and extent of serious and organised crime activity
- preventing, disrupting, disabling and dismantling serious and organised crime enterprises, through enforcement, regulation, policy and other actions
- enhancing collaboration with international and private sector bodies
- using our agency’s coercive powers to facilitate collection of information and intelligence about serious and organised crime, not available through other information collection methods.