The Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) allows secure online reporting of online crimes. The Commonwealth, state and territory governments policing initiative also helps people to recognise and avoid common cybercrimes.
ACORN educates and advises about common cybercrime, such as hacking, online scams, online fraud, identity theft and attacks on computer systems, and advises victims. It also covers stalking and cyber-bullying, which can be reported to ACORN if the actions are intended to make the victim feel fearful, uncomfortable, offended or harassed. Those being physically stalked or concerned about their safety should report to local police immediately.
Cyber-bullying or stalking involves someone engaging in offensive, menacing or harassing behaviour using technology. It can happen to people at any age, time and often anonymously.
- Posting hurtful messages, images or videos online;
- Repeatedly sending unwanted messages online;
- Sending abusive texts and emails;
- Excluding or intimidating others online;
- Creating fake social-networking profiles or websites that are hurtful;
- Nasty online gossip and chat; and
- Any other form of digital communication that is discriminatory, intimidating, intended to cause hurt or make someone fear for their safety.