International cyber criminals based in Eastern Europe and overseas crime gangs operating from the Americas, Asia and beyond will be a major focus for Australia’s top crime fighting agency – the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission – next year.
ACIC chief executive Chris Dawson said cyber criminals based out of countries like Ukraine, and “transnational” drug gangs were high on his 2017 hit list.
Mr Dawson said he believed ACIC was making progress on organised crime gangs impacting on Australia, but he said their work would never end.
“The pervasive nature of serious and organised crime means we will always have a job to do,” he said.
“I’m not going to hold out that we have stemmed the flow of serious and organised crime, we haven’t, that would be naive to say so.”
In an interview with WAtoday in Perth on Wednesday, Mr Dawson, a former WA Police deputy commissioner, said Ukraine and Romania were “over-represented”