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Amber Rudd, a home secretary, and a conservative politician has revealed the plan of the government to provide funds to help in the fight against cybercrime and illicit Darkweb sales. Considering that fact that every country does not take cybersecurity lightly, the United Kingdom treats cybercrime the same way as terrorism is treated. With much emphasis on the cyber attacks that are motivated by the Darkweb anonymity, she hinted at the plan to go all out to expose those who make use of it in a negative way, and ensure that cyber experts join the war. After the UK government went on a search for an expert to crackdown Dark web criminals, Amber Rudd has finally revealed that £9m has been allocated for this course to make it effective.
At the annual conference of the National Cyber Security Centre in Manchester, she spoke about how they will go about launching a severe crackdown on the Darkweb to take cybercriminals down. The National Crime Agency is already engaging in a Darkweb investigation by which their intelligence has led to the arrest of several illegal users. According to her, National Crime Agency will have their own share of the funding to enable them to continue with the results-oriented investigation they are undertaking.
The support which the funding will provide will not only focus on cybercrime but will also be geared toward the buying and selling of illegal drugs and weapons. The use of the dark web has increased considerably in the United Kingdom, and it is quite unfortunate that its bad side has been more prominent than its positive side. As a very important tool used against cybercrime and a necessary step for cybersecurity, Rudd announced the intention of the government to establish a cybercrime unit in each police force. This is something that has already been done by other countries, and the UK intends to allocate £5m for this particular project. This project does not prevent other firms from forming a partnership with international agencies to combat Darknet crime. UK firms have already taken the next step forward with Interpol to fight against future cyber attacks.
The cybercrime unit will be established in England and Wales. The motive behind this is to ensure that the general public has a fair idea of “things to do” and “things not to do” in order to remain safe from cybercriminals. In addition, the government intends to organize a National training program for the local police forces to help them understand how to use the dark web. This will obviously be different from the ones that have already been organized for them, as this will take them deep into Darknet lessons. The whole plan is to make them well prepared to embark and effectively control crimes that occur on the Dark web. After the Manchester terrorism incident, a similar awareness program was launched as leaflets were issued out to the public to keep them aware and informed on the anonymous platform.
She, therefore, called upon the public who have the technical know-how to help the authorities to achieve results. A British Cybersecurity firm recently revealed that £130bn was lost in 2017 by internet users in Britain alone. The various government and private institutions have also lost a lot of money to hackers while schools and individuals have found themselves in a situation where their personal details have been offered on the Dark web for sale at cheaper prices. The war waged against the dark web is to defeat cybercriminals and the traffickers who operate from the Darknet, and also users who purchase sophisticated tools from there to skim people.
During her speech, she said that a lot of volunteers have been trained to assist local police and the National crime agency to embark on this course. The urgent need to provide the needed training to the local police is as a result of the fact that only 30 percent of them are well equipped technically to meet the minimum standard. Of course, the cyber security of the UK is not bad, but she stressed the need to get better.
In mid-2017, a ransomware attack launched infected computers worldwide in over 100 countries. This has caused many countries to increase their budget for cybersecurity. The United Kingdom probably does not want to be a “sitting duck” for cyber attacks and instead possess the strongest cyber defense in the world.