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Bill would hike penalties for dark web drug-trafficking

Liam James Doyle / NPR

The bill is called the Dark Web Interdiction Act.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire would increase the penalties for people who traffic illegal drugs through the dark web.

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The bill introduced Tuesday by Hassan, a Democrat, and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is called the Dark Web Interdiction Act.

The dark web is part of the internet, but hosted within an encrypted network. It is accessible only through anonymity-providing tools.

The bill also would direct the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Treasury to issue a report to Congress within a year detailing the use of cryptocurrency on the dark web.

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