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Cybercrime going deeper underground

Dec. 10, 2013 at 12:07 PM

CUPERTINO, Calif., Dec. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. cybersecurity company Trend Micro said it expects law enforcement agencies will have a harder time tracking down cybercriminals moving deeper underground.

Trend Micro published a report Tuesday highlighting its expectation for cybercrimes in the year ahead. It warned cybercriminals were embedding their activity deeper into the Internet infrastructure by operating in the so-called Deep Web, which it described as a class of networks that offers guarantees of anonymity.

"Law enforcement agencies, which may not have enough knowledge or experience to deal with cybercrime, will have a harder time tracking criminals in the Deep Web," the cybersecurity company said in its report.

The FBI in October announced it arrested Ross Ulbricht, the alleged mastermind behind Silk Road, an online underground black market for drug sales. Trend said that arrest was only a "minor victory" because a new version of the black market site, where sellers are shielded by anonymity, resurfaced weeks after Ulbricht's arrest.

"Cybercriminals will go 'deeper' underground next year," the report said.

Trend said tackling cybercrime is complex because different countries have different laws to handle the issue.

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