The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated society’s reliance on digital technology.
People are spending more time online and are reliant on technology to perform a range of everyday tasks: from working, to socialising with family and friends, to attending medical appointments and purchasing groceries.
With more time spent online, Australians are increasingly vulnerable to cybercrime.
This is more than double the loss reported in 2019.12
Vulnerability to cybercrime, particularly cyber-enabled crime such as cyber abuse and technology-facilitated abuse, has increased due to reliance and use of the internet during social isolation and work from home arrangements.
11 Australian Cyber Security Centre, 2021, ACSC Annual Cyber Threat Report: 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021
13 Department of Home Affairs, December 2020, Discussion Paper: National Plan to Combat Cybercrime.
Reviewed 15 November 2022