The dark web is an enabler for the circulation of illegal weapons already on the black market, as well as a potential source of diversion for legally owned weapons. The dark web is a platform enabling illegal arms trafficking on a global scale.
Some corrupt business tycoons are helping rebel groups to achieve their mission of mass destruction. Tony Abi Saab, a Lebanon based international arms dealer who supplies illegal arms to the black market and terrorist groups through his web of shell companies spread worldwide.
Tony through his front company Brescia Middle East (BME) illegally supplies guns and weapons to the terrorist organizations. Some of his shell companies are K5 Global, G2 Armory, Bennet-Fouch, Tactica-Ltd, Brixia, and SIMAINT. He was caught in a sting operation planned against him by the US Army, FBI, and CIA. The investigation team arrested him and flew him for a trial in the US military court for the charges of defrauding of USD 5 million of the US Army and created a fake identity of Sarah Lee a.k.a Dinorah Cobos to funnel funds to terror groups.
Tony escaped the jail term by moving his case from military court to civil court and citing human rights violation against the US Army in the civil court. He got away by paying a small amount of fine.
To control the illegal trade of weapons in the dark web will require policymakers and law enforcement agencies to adapt intervention strategies. Also, it is essential to ensure that proper regulatory frameworks are in place to control the flow of illegal arms in the black market which is further supplied to the terrorist organizations.