The end of scams in Australia? The government invests in stopping hackers

Scammers and hackers cost everyday Australians millions every year, and finally after years of threats and complaints, the government is

Scammers and hackers cost everyday Australians millions every year, and finally after years of threats and complaints, the government is finally investing in stopping these nuisances from infiltrating our lives.

The government has revealed for the first time it employs offensive cyber capabilities to deter possible attacks on both our country and its citizens.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will today announce Australia’s $230 million cyber security strategy, which will focus on closer collaboration with business.

Sky News reports the strategy, the first since 2009, took 18 months to develop and will create about 100 jobs.

The prime minister will also reveal who will fill the newly created role of Cyber Ambassador.

The new strategy aims to defend Australia’s cyber networks from organised criminals and attackers.

‘Australians are targets for malicious actors, including serious and organised criminal syndicates and foreign adversaries, who are all using cyberspace to further their aims and attack our interest,’ Mr Turnbull said.

‘We must safeguard against criminality, espionage, sabotage and unfair competition online’.

According to ACCC’s ScamWatch, $45 million was reported lost to scams and hack in 2015.

“Scammers are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their attempts to get your money or personal details. Scams succeed because they look like the real thing and catch you off guard when you’re not expecting it,” ACCC Acting Chair Delia Rickard said.

“Scams target people of all backgrounds, ages and income levels across Australia. There’s no one group of people who are more likely to become a victim of a scam and all of us may be vulnerable to a scam at some time”.

Tell us, are you happy the government is investing in stopping cyber crime? Or do you think scammers will continue to get away with taking money from everyday Aussies?


  1. Jill Wilson  

    Nice thought but I doubt it will have much effect. Like anti-viral technology, it comes after the damage has been done to many. Organised crime has far more money to pay for hackers and scammers than our government has to counteract it – after the fact. They will always find another way. The answer to scams is for people to become aware and less trusting/gullible. Greed is the carrot used by scammers and it has to be recognised by the general public and ignored. People gamble, often because it is their only hope of getting out of financial difficulties. It is using that need which gets the scammers their cash. As for hacking information and money? I no longer do anything financial on line. I know they can hack into anything including banks but it lessens the chances for me.

  2. John Nesbitt  

    You would have to be pretty stupid, very gullible, or very trusting to fall for these scams.
    I can smell one a mile away.
    For example, if it’s too good to be true it’s a SCAM!

  3. Anton  

    we are talking about two different things here.. Scamming and Hacking. it is my understanding that the Fed Gov is focusing on Hacking whereupon the ACCC mostly is focused on Scamming. yes I know they are both government initiatives but their focus is different

    That being said you can throw billions into addressing both but it will at best only slow it down because, for instance they are both selective on their interpretation of what they want to prevent. as a classic example the biggest scam of the lot is not only being ignored but not even being classed as a scam. I am talking of course about the HALHAL scam. whether or not it is funding terrorism we have no idea but it certainly lining some organisations bank account.

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