Paedophiles operating online are becoming as cunning as terrorist gangs as they seek to evade capture, the Home Secretary warns.
Sajid Javid is to reveal how child abusers are using the ‘dark web’ – a network of hidden websites and untraceable online activity – and creating dozens of fake identities in order to evade detection.
But he will insist that the Government is determined to crack down on the scourge of online child sexual exploitation, using new tools such as a program known as Project Arachnid that has trawled through 1.3 billion web pages looking for illegal images.
Police are now arresting 400 suspects and safeguarding 500 children every month after a near-doubling of the National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid (pictured) is to reveal how child abusers are using the ‘dark and creating dozens of fake identities in order to evade detection
Mr Javid will tell an audience of technology firms, victims’ charities and law enforcement chiefs tomorrow: ‘These people are using encryption and anonymisation tools to make their detection harder than ever before.
‘They’re jumping from platform to platform, using the dark web and commercial sites, swapping aliases and endlessly creating and then deleting online accounts to try to avoid getting caught.
‘These people are as sophisticated as terrorists at hiding their tracks. But be assured, we are coming after them.’
The NCA – Britain’s equivalent of the FBI – fears that paedophiles are increasingly working together on numerous online platforms in order to share tips on how they can