Kerala: ‘Cloud’ leaves cyber cells in the dark

Online retail majors, like Amazon and Flipkart, are not the only ones registering robust business Kerala.

Published: 22nd April 2018 04:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd April 2018 04:05 AM   |  A+A-

cyber crime, Hackers, Cyber bullying

Image used for representational purpose only

By Express News Service

KOCHI: Online retail majors, like Amazon and Flipkart, are not the only ones registering robust business Kerala. Rather a host of sites selling banned items, drugs and other contraband are also thriving in the state through the Darknet. Though cyber cells of various enforcement agencies are trying their best to trace Darknet activities, drug cartels and cyber cons are using the virtual dark internet world for illegal transactions.

Cyber forensic experts say the agencies require experts to track down the activities of these cyber cartels which use the Darknet for their illegal trade. Vinod Bhattathiripad, a cyber forensic expert, said the fraudsters use IP spoofing to stay active on the Darknet.

“It’s not that easy to trace a user resorting to IP spoofing. But if we analyse the cyber gateway paths extensively in consultation with service providers, we could trace the IP address which spoofed the original IP,” Vinod said.

Spoofers, he said, generally fake their IP addresses with those of the IP address numbers they source from other countries.

The Darknet can be accessed only by those who use special browsers with encrypted software. The World Drug Report, 2016, released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has already pointed to drug trafficking through the Darknet. In 2015, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) succeeded in intercepting two cases of Darknet transactions. This led to a seizure of 2,598 blots of LSD and two grams of cocaine. Also, six arrests were made in connection with these two cases.

Darknet markets operating under names like Agora Marketplace, Silk Road 3.0, AlphaBay,  Dream Market and Crypto Market offer delivery of cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, opium and charas.

Stay up to date on all the latest Kerala news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


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 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 are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of 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. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp