Does the FBI, CIA or other nations have the same mandates to shine lights within the Dark Web for investigative purposes?
I think the true problem with the dark web is simply finding the true location of the site and then hoping it is in a place that will cooperate with the country trying to take the site down. This often take collaboration with multiple countries in order to follow things to the source and capture the operators.
Outside of calling this a "puff piece" you need to be very careful of the attribution here, proving exactly where the hardware server really resides or you have no "light" to shine at all. Jurisdiction here can be very difficult to accurately nail down and the article comes across a bit flip as to say this is only something that the Australian's are looking into.
Outside of showing where the physical server is and who has jurisdiction only complicates people's understanding of "the dark web" like its some forbidden Internet country surrounded by high walls and snipers ready to shoot should you get to close without the proper credentials.
Articles like this as well as many others coming out of Australia only make me more aware of how governments appear so out of control of everything but their own spin machines.
It definitely smacks of politics, I wonder whether they will be able to stop a auction on the Dark Web before a load of organisations IP is sold or databases or other information that has been captured?
I am very doubtful - they don't have the power to outlaw the Dark Web at the moment?
there is a lot of anecdotal evidence suggesting that they have an impact in the real world by spreading certain types of news Trolls duped the low quality journalists into reporting "OK" sign as a white supremacist symbol. One of these journalists is now being sued by another one for defamation after being falsely accused of using white supremacist symbols. It looks like 4chan does have an impact on real life.