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Government Focuses on Tackling Dark Web Criminality

The National Crime Agency has welcomed the news that the UK Government is to use funding of £9 million to tackle cybercrime on the dark web

This money will be used to bolster the capability of law enforcement bodies against the dark web in Regional Organised Crime Units. A further £5m has been allocated to police forces to tackle cybercrime locally.

"The threat from cybercrime is growing in scale and complexity,” commented Ollie Gower, NCA deputy director and head of the agency’s National Cyber Crime Unit. “Led from the centre by the NCA, UK law enforcement is increasing its activity and capability in response.”

"This financial year the NCA, in close coordination with regional organised crime units, has recorded more disruptive activity against cyber criminals than ever before,” he said. “And in 2017 we arrested an average of two offenders a week and convicted 48.”

"Increased funding for police forces is a welcome boost which will strengthen our ability to bring cyber criminals to justice while ensuring enforcement is victim-focused and responsive to local needs,” he added. “Meanwhile the funding for dark web units, to be implemented at the regional level, is part of a truly modern strategy in which specialist national capability is developed and maintained at the centre then flexibly deployed across policing according to need.”

"This model, in which intelligence, as well as specialist and high-end operational resources, are centrally coordinated for maximum effect, underpins the UK’s fight against cybercrime," he concluded.

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