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The UK Will Police the Dark Web With a New Task Force ( 56

An anonymous reader writes with news that the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), and its top police counterpart, the National Crime Agency have formed a new unit to take on online crime. Motherboard reports: "'An NCA and GCHQ co-located Joint Operations Cell (JOC) opens officially today,' an NCA press release published Friday reads. 'The unit brings together officers from the two agencies to focus initially on tackling online child sexual exploitation.' This unit has been in the works for some time. Back at the end of 2014, UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced the plan for its formation at We Protect Children Online Global Summit. At the time, he said that 'The so-called "dark-net" is increasingly used by paedophiles to view sickening images. I want them to hear loud and clear: we are shining a light on the web's darkest corners; if you are thinking of offending, there will be nowhere for you to hide.' At the summit, it was said that GCHQ's technical skills would be its contribution to the unit. But the JOC won't just focus on child pornography cases. GCHQ Director Robert Hannigan said in the recent release that, on top of child exploitation, 'The Joint Operations Cell will increase our ability to identify and stop serious criminals."
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The UK Will Police the Dark Web With a New Task Force

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 10, 2015 @01:41AM (#50898801)

    They've been watching too much CSI.

    Pure coincidence that they'll mostly end up 'catching' dissidents and whistleblowers

    • They're going to wish they brought a bigger flashlight.

    • by ZeRu ( 1486391 )

      Pure coincidence that they'll mostly end up 'catching' dissidents and whistleblowers

      And chances are they might "find" a huge collection of child porn on their computers by a greater "coincidence" still.

      And, most disturbingly, an average Joe voter will be satisfied because The Gov't found a perfect scapegoat.

    • by Maritz ( 1829006 )
      Don't knock them, they've got the know how. They're going to build a GUI in Visual Basic and trace your IP address.
    • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 ) <mojo@world3.nBLUEet minus berry> on Tuesday November 10, 2015 @08:49AM (#50899845) Homepage Journal

      They love all this CSI Cyber shit because paedophiles are the biggest boogeymen after terrorists. Maybe even before terrorists. It also makes for great headlines about how 5 million illegal images were found on some idiots computer, which seems like it was a massive bust but actually just one guy downloading dodgy torrents in isolation from his flat in Newcastle.

      Easy glory for the police, which diverts attention away from their numerous fuck-ups and persecution of people they don't like, and helps them justify even greater powers in the future.

      Also, as you say, they get some cool new hardware that can be turned on anyone that bothers them when necessary.

      • "They love all this CSI Cyber shit because paedophiles are the biggest boogeymen after terrorists."

        Police could kill off most of the pedophile problem by going after cultural environments that promote such practices, but that would be politically incorrect. So they want the legal system warped so they can spy on every individual's computer, in hopes of catching individual offenders. So long, Magna Carta.

  • Fucking liars (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 10, 2015 @02:31AM (#50898925)

    Why weren't they thinking of the children when Thatcher’s government covered up a VIP pedophile ring

    • I'll just watch the GCHQ wind up finding itself under the boot heel of Anonymous over time.

      I wonder how long it will be until the "Darknet" operations will have turned Mr. Cameron into the same kind of petrified cowards that got turfed in both Canada and Australia. Perhaps it's time for Fawkes to rise again and perhaps start exposing a number of Cameron's corporate friends for their high treason. Otherwise, I'm sure many members in law enforcement would find themselves outed quite nicely.

    • Why weren't they thinking of the children when Thatcher's government covered up a VIP pedophile ring

      They *were* thinking of the children, like ALL the time. That was kinda the problem.

      • I think this may have to do more with damage control than anything else.

        These sickening images are evidence of the most heinous of crimes; which many of the so-called elite are involved in.

        I think that they are likely 'patrolling' the darknet to hide/destroy evidence of their pedo rings and arrest a few sickos in the process to make it look like they are making a difference.

        They have been getting away with these activities for a very, very long time.
  • UK (Score:5, Informative)

    by Sibko ( 1036168 ) on Tuesday November 10, 2015 @03:23AM (#50899041)
    Funny how the UK police have enough time and resources to create entire new departments for the express purpose of policing the internet - ostensibly to protect the children - and yet they've got such a backlog on actual child abuse investigations that they can't get around to them for years. []
    • by Anonymous Coward

      If they really cared about the children they would shut down the catholic church

    • Re:UK (Score:4, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 10, 2015 @04:10AM (#50899171)

      Pedophile politicians want to shift the focus away from themselves!

    • Funny how corrupt, greedy politicians keep winning elections despite all the complaints.

    • by gweihir ( 88907 )

      Simple: They do not care about children at all, and if they would do something effective about child abuse, their nice justification for establishing a fascist regime would go away.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Will the gallant UK police "look the other way" if they come across another Pakistani rape gang, who maybe has raped some 14,000 girls in a single town, in order to not "stoke racism"? (Like they did in Rotherham).

  • So the UK is going for the National Criminal Intelligence Service, Government Technical Assistance Centre, NTAC to try and use the GCHQ in public again.
    Court workers, legal teams will see the documents just as they did in the past. The media will be informed of the methods and it will be journalists publishing pre trial stories all over again thanks to corrupt police.
    Will a CIB3 (anti-corruption squad) like effort have to try and track leaks again as was done around early 2000?
    Run integrity tests on ev
  • Good luck! I'm behind seven proxies!
  • I have posted for years that no government wants to allow private communications of any kind. These days they are more brazen about that type of thing. Any claim of a security issue seems to justify endless spying by governments.

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