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Research: Impact of COVID-19 on on-line scamming and cybercrime

QUT Centre for Justice member, Associate Professor Cassandra Cross was included in an article in Sydney Morning Herald around the impact of COVID-19 on-line scamming.  A full copy of the article can be viewed here.  A .pdf copy can be found here.

Cassandra also featured on SBS radio in a feature on the COVID pandemic and the opportunities it has provided for cyber criminals to develop more sophisticated methods of scamming.   Listen to the full report here.

Associate Professor Cassandra Cross is currently Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching), Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice. She also holds a position as an Associate Professor in the School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology. She has recently completed a Senior Research Fellowship, with the Cybersecurity Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) on the topic of romance fraud.  More information about this project can be found here.

Previously, Dr Cross worked as a research/policy officer with the Queensland Police Service, where she commenced research on the topic of online fraud and was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2011. Since taking up her position at QUT in 2012, she has published in this area across several journals and continued her research into online fraud focusing across the prevention, victim support and policing aspects of this crime. She has received over AUD $1.3 million in grants and industry funding to further this work. She is co-author (with Professor Mark Button) of the book entitled “Cyber frauds, scams, and their victims”, which was published by Routledge in 2017. Research interests:

  • Fraud (policing, prevention and victim support)
  • Identity crime
  • Data breaches
  • Cybercrime
  • Discourses on victim blaming
  • Crime prevention
  • Policing




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