UK spooks to hunt down pedophiles on the ‘dark net’

The U.K. will set up a specialist unit that will use high-tech capabilities to hunt down pedophiles on the Tor anonymity network and other dark corners of the Web.

The unit will combine the investigatory expertise of the U.K.’s National Crime Agency (NCA) with those of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the U.K’s intelligence service. Together they will tackle the worst cases of child sexual exploitation online, the U.K. government said on Thursday.

“Persistent pedophiles are increasingly communicating on the so-called ‘dark web’, using ever more sophisticated techniques to disguise their identities and encrypt the horrific images of children that they are sharing with peers,” the government said, adding that the new unit will develop high-tech capabilities to analyze vast volumes of child abuse imagery.

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