New Criminal Landscape Calls for New Approaches

May 9, 2016

The Oxford University Press’s blog discusses law enforcement’s interest in the shady side of the Internet in its post, “Infiltrating the Dark Web.” Writer Andrew Staniforth observes that the growth of crime on the Dark Web calls for new tactics. He writes:

“Criminals conducting online abuses, thefts, frauds, and terrorism have already shown their capacity to defeat Information Communication Technology (ICT) security measures, as well as displaying an indifference to national or international laws designed to stop them. The uncomfortable truth is that as long as online criminal activities remain profitable, the miscreants will continue, and as long as technology advances, the plotters and conspirators who frequent the Dark Web will continue to evolve at a pace beyond the reach of traditional law enforcement methods.

“There is, however, some glimmer of light amongst the dark projection of cybercrime as a new generation of cyber-cops are fighting back. Nowhere is this more apparent than the newly created Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT) within Europol, who now provide a dynamic response to strengthen the fight against cybercrime within the European Union and beyond Member States borders. J-CAT seeks to stimulate and facilitate the joint identification, prioritisation, and initiation of cross-border investigations against key cybercrime threats and targets – fulfilling its mission to pro-actively drive intelligence-led actions against those online users with criminal intentions.”

The article holds up J-CAT as a model for fighting cybercrime. It also emphasizes the importance of allocating resources for gathering intelligence, and notes that agencies are increasingly focused on solutions that can operate in mobile and cloud environments. Increased collaboration, however, may make the biggest difference in the fight against criminals operating on the Dark Web.


Cynthia Murrell, April 9, 2016

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