TIMES UK will not reopen the online marketplace where it is selling drugs, cosmetics and other items, as part of a crackdown on cyber attacks that threaten to cripple the global economy, the UK government said on Wednesday.
In a statement, the Home Office said it would block the site and would require anyone selling goods online to obtain an identity document to prove they are British.UK Prime Minister Theresa May said last month that the UK had taken action against online drug sales that were thought to be linked to the Hacking Team and other foreign-based cyber-criminals.
The government has since been trying to persuade the British media and public that the online drug trade is legitimate, and that drug sales can be made in the UK with a fake identity document.UK authorities have not been able to get hold of any such documents from the criminals involved, said a spokesman for the Home Department.
The statement said that the government would also close down the online gambling website Bovada, which allows users to gamble using virtual currency such as bitcoin.
The decision is a response to concerns raised by British authorities that the illegal online trade in illegal drugs, and other illicit items, was undermining Britain’s economy.
The country is a major buyer of drugs from China and other countries, with British officials saying the country has become one of the biggest drug markets in the world.
The British government has been trying for years to prevent drug trafficking by its police and other officials, but the effort has failed, leading to a massive drop in the number of Britons buying drugs from the online market.