Australia's financial regulator wants to go undercover on dark web

Posted in: Legal & Security at 22/01/2018 20:54

The corporate watchdog wants new powers for its investigators to go undercover to combat financial crime on the dark web.

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission has said it needs more investigatory powers because the increasing use of the dark web and virtual currencies such as bitcoin has facilitated financial crime.

These include powers to operate and secure electronic devices, for investigators to take “assumed identities”, and to gain access to phone tap materials to help prosecute serious offences.

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