What are hidden services?

Hidden services are websites hosted within proxy networks – sometimes also called the dark web. These websites are challenging as the location of the hosting server cannot be traced using normal methods.

In 2021 we identified 931 new hidden services, up from 734 in 2020. This is an increase of 27%.

What can we do about it?

We work with the National Crime Agency (NCA) Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Command to share intelligence on any new hidden services which are displaying child sexual abuse imagery. With this intelligence, NCA-CEOP can work with national and international law enforcement agencies to investigate the criminals using these websites.

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