In a new stir to crackdown on criminals’ exploiting the Dark Web, UK has decided to take stringent action against the miscreant.
UK Home secretary Amber Rudd has announced funding of £9M helping UK law enforcement to tackle those who use the anonymity of dark web that is not indexed by search engines for illegal activities such as the selling of firearms, drugs, malware and people.
The announcement came amidst her latest speech at the National Cyber Security Centre’s CyberUK 2018 conference in Manchester.
On the first day of the conference, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and National Crime Agency (NCA) released a joint report showing that UK businesses are suffering more cyber-attacks than ever before.
More than £5m is known reported to be used to support the police to establish dedicated cyber-crime units to investigate and pursue cyber criminals at a regional and local level.
The announcement comes eight months after a report by think tank Reform called for an overhaul of UK policing, including recruiting volunteers from the private sector to fight cyber-crime, a huge increase in digital budgets, and upskilling officers.
Currently only 30% of local police forces have a cyber-capability that reaches the minimum standard. In March, a Parliament Street report revealed that UK police forces had spent only £1,320,341 on cyber-crime training courses in the past three years, with some spending much more on training than others.
The funding is part of £50m of newly allocated money to ensure police and prosecutors have the capabilities they need to tackle cyber-crime at a national, regional and local level during 2018/2019.
Making the announcement in Manchester, the home secretary is expected to say that the dark web is a “dangerous place” where anonymity emboldens people to break the law in the “most horrifying” of ways.
Describing the dark web as a “platform of dangerous crimes and horrific abuse” with a “sickening shopping list of services and products”, Rudd will say that the £9m in funding will enable UK police to tackle criminals who operate in this part of cyber space.