The UK government has launched a dedicated cybercrime unit given the task of tackling serious crime rings and the sexual abuse of children online.
The Dark Web is a tiny area of the Deep Web – a hidden area of the Internet which is not indexed by search engines – used to conduct illegal activity as well as more legitimate purposes such as activism. In order to visit certain websites, visitors must find the correct .onion address while using the surveillance-busting Tor browser.
There are online marketplaces and forums selling everything from drugs to fake or stolen passports and weaponry, but unfortunately due to the Dark Web’s concealed nature, it can also act as a place to find illegal pornography, such as child exploitation.
Now, UK law enforcement hopes to bring the Dark Web out of the shadows.