The UK’s largest website builder is under investigation by the British Home Office and the police for facilitating the transfer of hundreds of pet adoption websites to criminal organisations.
The UK’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement Tuesday that it was “working with the Department of Home Affairs and the Department for Work and Pensions” to identify individuals who were “knowingly involved in facilitating or facilitating the transferring of a wide range of pet websites and websites in order to fund a criminal enterprise.”
According to the statement, the investigation is ongoing and the Met is “actively working to identify those who are directly involved.”
“We are working with the British Government to ensure the continued safe and secure operation of the website builder,” the statement said.
The investigation is being led by the Metropolitan Police’s Cybercrime and Cybercrime Engagement Unit, which was established by the government last year.
A Home Office spokesperson said: “The Home Office is aware of this investigation and will cooperate fully with any efforts to identify and prosecute individuals who are knowingly involved in the illegal transfer of pet-related websites and/or websites to criminals.”
The statement did not say what type of website builder was being investigated.
According to a press release issued by the UK Home Office on Tuesday, the Metropolitan Government “is in the process of establishing the identity of individuals and organisations who are actively assisting and facilitating the illegal and unlawful transfer of thousands of pet website and website domains to criminal entities.”
The UK government also has a cybercrime taskforce and a criminal intelligence unit.