Interpol Indexing Web Portals on the Darknet

Published: 01st October 2015 03:19 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st October 2015 03:19 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU:  Interpol is compiling a list of web portals on the darknet that are hubs of illegal activities like sale of small arms, Madan M Oberoi, Director, Cyber Innovation and Outreach, Interpol, said on Wednesday.

The darknet is part of the Deep Web, which consists of sites that are not accessible using conventional web browsers or search engines as they are not indexed by standard search.

Interpol has indexed 20,000 darknet sites till date, he said. Quoting an example of a darknet site named Slur, he said the website boasts of providing military intelligence, aerospace and defence designs and evidence relevant to ongoing trials among others anonymously. The website used bitcoins to facilitate such transactions. He said bitcoin has been emerging as a currency for the global crime network and all illicit trades on the darknet.

“Ashley Madison users, whose accounts were compromised recently, were demanded payment in bitcoins to ensure that their personal data is not posted on public domain,” he said.

Interpol has also been developing forensic tools to identify and trace crypto currencies such as bitcoins and also blockchain explorer, which serves as the backbone for such currencies, he added.

Pindar Wong, Chairman of VeriFi (Hong Kong) Ltd, observed that bitcoin has the technology of preventing copying of digital tokens, which was the reason for it to be gradually legitimised in some countries.

Noting that bitcoin was a peer-to-peer (P2P) crypto currency, he said future governance models, in which states interact with its citizens, will follow the P2P model. However, it is essential for the states to maintain “integrity of data” for the model to be a success, he added.

Prabha Rao, Special Secretary, Government of India, said a Standard Operating Procedure was also required for alerting authorities on transactions using bitcoins that are above a specified limit.

Stay up to date on all the latest Bengaluru news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp