The dark web has become an essential resource in law enforcement investigations. Now the primary hub of criminal commerce, the dark web is a fully functional marketplace that shrouds a torrent of illicit activity and exploitive behavior. Seasoned investigators are no longer enough – extreme technical expertise is now required to really be effective.
Law enforcement agencies seeking to defend and protect the innocent are spending increased amounts of time and resources uncovering and discovering the criminal acts and illicit transactions taking place in these domains and markets. But engaging with the dark web poses its own challenges for law enforcement. Investigators need to be able to see, understand and work in potentially dangerous places, without compromising their own devices or network security, without compromising the speed of the mission or risking the privacy of the individual. And TOR browsers or anonymous browsers are not enough to meet the needs – investigators need a full spectrum of environment features (routers, egress, automation) to meet the demand of interacting and maintaining a presence with bad actors.