Legitimate users of Tor need not worry, says NCA

The National Crime Agency (NCA) says criminals cannot hide on the internet, but legitimate business users of anonymity software Tor are safe

The newly launched National Crime Agency (NCA) says criminals cannot hide on the hidden internet, but legitimate business users of anonymity software Tor are safe.

The NCA has vowed to pursue criminal users of the hidden internet, known as the deep web or dark web, following the arrest of four UK men in connection with the Silk Road illegal online drugs market.

The market is believed to have been set up by Ross Ulbricht, using Tor to hide it from online searches and the virtual currency Bitcoin to enable transactions.

Commenting on the arrests, Andy Archibald, head of the NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU), said the investigation will provide further insights into how criminals use the hidden internet.

He said Tor represents a challenge to law enforcement around the world, but the NCA has proved with Silk Road that it can infiltrate that environment, according to the Telegraph.

However, he said the NCA recognises the benefits of communicating anonymously online, and those engaging in legitimate business using Tor need not worry.

While services such as Tor are used for legitimate purposes such as communications between journalists and whistleblowers, they are also used for fraud and trafficking in people, drugs and other illicit goods.

Archibald said the NCA is not interested in those who use Tor for legitimate purposes, but said the Silk Road arrests prove criminals cannot use Tor to operate anonymously.

He said the NCA plans to build relationships with "trusted global partners" to share intelligence and resources to fight cyber crime.

The NCCU brings together specialists from the Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) in the Metropolitan Police Service and the cyber division of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca).

Archibald has indicated that the NCCU plans to take a more proactive approach to fighting crime, using all the technical and legal resources it can to disrupt criminal business processes.

In addition on focusing on the deep web, the NCA is to lead a multi-agency team, working with international partners, to fight the threat to the UK from virtual currencies, according to The Guardian.

US authorities seized Bitcoins worth $3.6m from the operation, estimated to have enabled around $1m in drug sales a month.

Virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, e-gold and Liberty reserve have been key to the establishment of anonymous online marketplaces such as Silk Road.

CW+

Features

Enjoy the benefits of CW+ membership, learn more and join.

Read more on Hackers and cybercrime prevention

Join the conversation

1 comment

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.

Those who do not adapt will be ignored and left beheined.

And that's exactly the feeling I get when I read this article.

Snowden showed the world the limitation of government.

with a complete encrypted NSA backup , out of reach for LE and Secret service.

http://rt.com/news/wikileaks-e...

"Fascinating, isn't it? One year ago, governments were laughing at this digital currency. Most
everyone was. People said it was a fake currency, an internet scam, a
money-crankish Ponzi scheme. How times change! Now the world largest
government is crying out, desperately trying to grab these coins. They
consider them valuable assets, which, at $140 a pop they certainly are. "

http://www.dailyreckoning.com....

Encryption and TOR will change enforcebilliy of law and governance

as e-mail did for mail . bitcoin does for fiat money and the printing press did to the power of the church to hold information.

Cancel

-ADS BY GOOGLE

SearchCIO

SearchSecurity

SearchNetworking

SearchDataCenter

SearchDataManagement

Close