Inquiry into cybercrime takes paedophilia focus
The exponential growth rate of cybercrime has prompted a parliamentary inquiry into child pornography, fraud and national security threats associated with the internet.
The parliamentary committee on the Australian Crime Commission today called for submissions into cybercrime with public hearings to be held later in the year.
MPs will specifically focus on child pornography and associated paedophile activity^; banking, including credit card fraud and money laundering^; and threats to national critical infrastructure.
Committee chairman Bruce Baird said cybercrime was such a growing concern, efficient methods of crime detection had to be found.
"In a society which is becoming almost entirely reliant on technology for conducting business at every level and increasingly so in our personal lives, the potential for large scale criminal activity is growing exponentially," Mr Baird said.
"There is growing concern that technology is being used to assist in organised crime activities such as money laundering and fraud as well as other crimes such as paedophilia."
The committee is seeking submissions from people involved in the application of cyber technology in business, banking and finance, communication and those who are involved in protecting internet and computer based data.
It will look at recent trends and potential limitations on the Australian Crime Commission's ability to perform its duties effectively.
The committee will also examine whether the existing legal framework for combating cybercrime and related offences is adequate.
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