The dark web is being used for all sorts of nefarious purposes, such as selling malware, counterfeit documents, drugs, and more. Clearly, this is a much broader problem than merely a question of cybersecurity, as criminals can really engage in some shady deals there. Up to this point, the police could not do much about it. But now, things are slowly changing.
Reportedly, only 30 per cent of UK police forces are authorised to apprehend cybercriminals. The UK government has decided to pump £9m into specialist law enforcement units. Specifically, they will now be better educated to recognise cybercrime, and they will also be given the knowledge on how to provide victim support.
Action Fraud, a UK centre for reporting cybercrime, is also getting a portion of the funds. An additional £5m will go towards police officers to properly deal with cybercrime and become more adept in terms of fulfilling the minimum required standards of cyber-capability.
Since 2015, Home Office’s National Cyber Security Programme has delegated £150m towards combating cybercrime. However, some critics aren’t as enthusiastic about the program, believing it is unlikely to make any significant impact on the prevalence of online crime. Basically, their argument revolves around cybercriminals mostly being located outside the reach of what the UK police forces can enforce.
Home Secretary has noted that fighting cybercrime is not only the job of the police forces, it would be ideal if everyone were to be involved.