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10 May 2017

The dark web, that ‘other’ internet, that wrong one, that criminal one, is all about darkness and wrongdoing. It’s not a nice place to be. For the most part, the dark went is an untraceable and anonymous area of the internet that can only be accessed by a covert browser. Most people have never attempted to get there, and neither would they want to – nothing legal or ‘right’ happens there.


It is actually used by a wide variety of people. Some are those who believe that nothing on the internet should be policed, and should be beyond the eyes of any law enforcement agencies, and some are there purely for the criminal element. The dark web is like an online black market where drugs, guns, even child pornography and people can be bought.


And passports. Passports can be bought there too.


There is where the link comes in. This is a big problem. With stolen British passports being sold on the dark web for as little as £750 a time, they can be used for many different things – terrorists are just one group of people who are buying these passports in order to carry out their devastating crimes under a different identity.


In turn, this is making it harder and harder for the authorities to find the real identities of the terrorists.


Since 2011, DX, the delivery firm used by HM Passport Office, has lost 1,291 passports, approximately 18 a month. This clearly needs to be brought under control as it is often these lost passports – as well as stolen ones from elsewhere – that end up in the hands of the terrorists. 

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