German Justice Minister Wants Stricter Laws For Illegal Dark Net Activity

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Justice Minister Thomas Kutschaty from the Social Democratic Party (SPD) said on Wednesday that Germany needs stricter laws for illegal dark web activity. In the government’s fight against weapon and drug sales on the dark net they need “laws that make every attempt to trade prohibited goods on the internet punishable”, he said in North Rhine-Westphalia on November 16.

According to Kutschaty, the new laws will help investigators catch criminals on the dark web more easily. He also added that cybercriminals are harder to trace than “normal criminals”. Kutschaty mentioned Crime as a Service (CaaS) as an example for the new law, hackers who offer these kinds of services will be caught and punished more efficiently.

“The dark net is the online store for criminals “, Kutschaty said. “[Almost] 57 percent of the products sold there is for illegal purposes.” The justice minister wants to close down dark web markets “before even a single weapon gets sold.”

Germany’s intensive war against the dark web started when law enforcement authorities discovered that the Münich shooter, David Ali Sonboly, bought a gun from a dark net vendor. He killed nine people and himself. The gunman purchased a 9mm Glock

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