Cybercrime – what do you need to know to stay safe?

A bunch of experts are getting the Gold Coast up-to-date with the threat of Cybercrime.

The Fraud and Cybercrime Symposium is being held at Sanctuary cove this week – with the theme “Triumph Through a Changing World”.

Cybercrime and the growth of technology now presents one of the greatest challenges for Government, business, law enforcement and the community. Everyone who owns a computer, laptop, mobile telephone or tablet is vulnerable to online crime. Cyber Crime costs the Australian community $10 billion per annum.


Detective Acting Superintendent Terry Lawrence of the Fraud and Cyber Crime Group said the key emphasis of the symposium was to build resilience, prevent fraud, increase public awareness and develop partnerships with other organisations to address the threat.

“The challenges of the cyber environment are very real for not only business and government agencies, but also the community. A collaborative approach to these crime is paramount” he said.

Guest speaker Lieutenant Colonel Bill Hagestad knows quite a bit about “Chinese cyber espionage”.

Mr Hagestad left the US Marine Corps to study Security and Information Assurance in China in 1983.

He still spends a lot of his time in the Asian nation.  He has been back twice in the past six months and he will be going next months as a guest of the Communist Government.

Mr Hagestad said he recently released his sixth book on Chinese Cybercrime.  He said it was “interesting because it was on Amazon less than 12 hours and I got an email from the Cyber Administration of China inviting me to come over and speak with them on Cybercrime”.

He added that when he was there last September there was an official there who said “Bill we know who you are, we realise what you are doing, you’re educating people on what China is talking about not only from our Government’s perspective in the use of Cyberspace but also militarily and economically so we know who your are”.

Bill said he looked around the room and said “am I going to have trouble leaving China Airport on Friday and he kind of laughed and said no we’ll let you go this time”.

Mr Hagestad said he thinks we can learn quite a bit from the Chinese experience because what “they’re doing is they are making sure that their house and their country is clean and what they’re trying to do is make sure their people are not perjuring or harming themselves in Cyberspace and they’re making it very clear one of the crimes they’re enforcing is the malicious spreading of rumours on the Chinese Internet”.