Cyber crime chief warns dark web ‘will evolve’

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Fingers on the keyboardThe UK’s cyber crime chief has warned that the “dark web” services used by criminals will continue to evolve in an attempt to evade authorities. Last week, notorious drugs market place the Silk Road was shut down after a lengthy investigation.

Andy Archibald, interim head of the National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU), said officers identified individuals who were using the site. However, now he has explained that new methods were needed to keep up with the threat.

Mr Archibald also explained that Online anonymity service, Tor, evolves and will ‘re-secure itself’.

Alluding to the idea that the internet is constantly evolving, particularly with reference to sophisticated cyber crime he explained, “It’s not simply a case of because we were able to infiltrate Tor on this occasion that we’ll be able to do it next time around as well.”

Mr Archibald’s comments came as the NCCU announced its first conviction. Twenty-seven-year-old Olukunle Babatunde received a five years and six month prison sentence.

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