The closure of the Silk Road: what has this meant for ...

Which type of curren(t) do you want to see(cy)? An analysis of the intention behind bitcoin(s). Part 3

Part 1
Part 2
So I have been subbed to /bitcoin since it had less than two thousand subs but haven't posted there in years. I think I took a break from researching bitcoin to take a foray into the world of conspiracy around 2014 and only got back in to it around the beginning of 2017 but with a bit of sense of skepticism and cynicism about everything. I think I returned to /bitcoin around that time but there had been a rift that had emerged in the community between those that said that bitcoin was censoring any discussion around big blocks but then also just censorship in general. This lead to the formation of /btc which became the main spot for big blockers to gather to talk about protocol development. Following the fork of Bitcoin Cash and SegWit (BTC) in August 2017 the camps were further divided when the fence sitters were denied their SegWit2x compromise. Many from the fence sitters then deferred back to the incumbent bitcoin as citing muh network effect, liquidity, and hashpower while some who felt betrayed by the failure of getting S2X through went to support BCH for some attempt at on chain scaling rather than through pegged side chains or Lightning Network.
Bitcoin cash initially went with a modest doubling of the blocksize to 2MB but implemented some other features like a new more rapidly adjusting difficulty algorithm to protect themselves against hashpower fluctuations from the majority chain. In about July of that year I had seen what I potentially thought was someone LARPing on /biz/ but screencapped, that segwit2x which was scheduled for november 2017 would be called off and then hashpower would switch to BCH causing congestion and chain death spiral on BTC and BCH would pump massively. I was partial to the idea as the game theory and incentives on a big block bitcoin should attract miners. About a month after SegWit2x was indeed called off while the BTC blockchain was hugely congested, BCH went through a violent pump reaching 0.5 BTC/BCH on a European exchange called Kraken while it also pumped ridiculously on American exchange coinbase. Shortly afterwards the market took a giant dump all over those people who bought the top and it has since retraced to roughly 30:1 or so now.
After that pump though BCH kind of gained some bagholders I guess who started to learn the talking points presented by personalities like Roger Ver, Jihan Wu, Peter Rizun and Amaury Sechet. Craig S Wright by this time had been outed as Satoshi but had in 2016 publicly failed to convince the public with the cryptographic proof he provided. To which he later published the article I don't have the courage to prove I am the bitcoin creator. In essence this allowed many to disregard anything he offered to the crypto community though his company nChain was very much interested in providing the technical support to scale what he saw as the true implementation of bitcoin. Following debate around a set of planned protocol upgrades between a bitcoin node implementation by his company nChain and the developers of another client Bitcoin ABC (adjustable block cap), the two parties both dug their heels in and wouldn't compromise.
As it became clear that a fork was imminent there was a lot of vitriol tossed out towards Wright, another big billionaire backer Calvin Ayre and other personalities like Roger Ver and Jihan Wu. Craig's credibility was disregarded because of his failure to provide convincing cryptographic proof but still people who wanted to pursue the protocol upgrades that nChain were planning (as it best followed their interpretation of the bitcoin white paper) pursued his variant, while others who followed the socia consensus deferred to the positions of their personalities like Wu, Ver, and Sechet but even developers from Ethereum and other protocols chimed in to convince everyone that CSW is a fraud. This was referred to as the hash war and was the first time that the bitcoin protocol had been contentiously hard forked.

Hashpower is the CPU cycles you can commit to the Proof of Work function in bitcoin and the majority will generate the longest chain as they have the most proof of work. To win the contentious hard fork legitimately and make sure your chain will always be safe going forward you need to maintain your version of the blockchain with 51% of the hashpower on the network and force the other parties to continue to spend money on building a blockchain that is never going to be inserted in to the majority chain. As well as this you need to convince exchanges that you have the majority chain and have them feel safe to accept deposits and withdrawals so that they don't lose money in the chaos. This is how it would play out if both parties acted according to the rules of bitcoin and the Nakamoto Consensus.

There was a lot of shit talking between the two parties on social media with Craig Wright making a number of claims such as "you split, we bankrupt you" "I don't care if there is no ability to move coins to an exchange for a year" and other such warnings not to engage in foul play.. To explain this aftermath is quite tedious so It might be better to defer to this video for the in depth analysis but basically Roger Ver had to rent hashpower that was supposed to be mining BTC from his mining farm, Jihan Wu did the same from his Bitmain Mining Farm which was a violation of his fiduciary duty as the CEO of a company preparing for an IPO. In this video of a livestream during the hashwar where Andreas Brekken admits to basically colluding with exchange owners like Coinbase, Kraken (exchange Roger Ver invested in), Bitfinex and others to release a patched ABC client to the exchanges and introducing "checkpoints" in to the BCH blockchain (which he even says is arguably "centralisation") in order to prevent deep reorgs of the BCH blockchain.
>"We knew we were going to win in 30 mins we had the victory because of these checkpoints that we released to a cartel of friendly businesses in a patch so then we just sat around drinking beers all day".
By releasing a patched client that has code in it to prevent deep reorgs by having the client refer to a checkpoint from a block mined by someone who supported BCHABC if another group of hash power was to try to insert a new chain history, this cartel of exchanges and mining farm operators conspired in private to change the nature of the bitcoin protocol and Nakamoto Consensus. Since the fork there have been a number of other BCH clients that have come up that require funding and have their own ideas about what things to implement on the BCH chain. What began to emerge was actually not necessarily an intention of scaling bitcoin but rather to implement Schnorr signatures to obfuscate transactions and to date the ABC client still has a default blocksize of 2MB but advertised as 16MB.
What this demonstrates for BCH is that through the collusion, the cartel can immediately get a favourable outcome from the developers to keep their businesses secure and from the personalities/developers to work on obfuscating records of transactions on the chain rather than scaling their protocol. After the SegWit fork, many from the BCH camp alleged that through the funding to Blockstream from AXA and groups that tied to the Bilderbergs, Blockstream would be beholden to the legacy banking and would be a spoke and hub centralised model, so naturally many of the "down with central banks anarcho capitalist types" had gathered in the BCH community. Through these sympathies it seems that people have been susceptible to being sold things like coin mixing and obfuscation with developers offering their opinions about how money needs to be anonymous to stop the evil government and central banks despite ideas like Mises’ Regression Theorem, which claims that in order for something to be money in the most proper sense, it must be traceable to an originally non-monetary barter commodity such as gold.
What this suggests is that there is an underlying intent from the people that have mechanisms to exert their will upon the protocol of bitcoin and that if obfuscation is their first priority rather than working on creating a scalable platform, this demonstrates that they don't wish to actually be global money but more so something that makes it easier to move money that you don't want seen. Roger Ver has often expressed sentiments of injustice about the treatment of Silk Road found Ross Ulbricht and donated a large amount of money to a fund for his defence. I initially got in to bitcoin seeking out the Silk Road and though I only wanted to test it to buy small quantities of mdma, lsd, and mescaline back in 2011 there was all sorts of criminal activity on there like scam manuals, counterfeits, ID, Credit Card info, and other darknet markets like armoury were selling pretty crazy weapons. It has been alleged by Craig Wright that in his capacity as a digital forensics expert he was involved with tracing bitcoin that was used to fund the trafficking of 12-16 year olds on the silk road. There have been attempts at debunking such claims by saying that silk road was moderated for such stuff by Ulbricht and others, but one only has to take a look in to the premise of pizza gate to understand that there it may be possible to hide in plain site with certain code words for utilising the market services and escrow of websites like the silk road. The recent pedo bust from South Korea demonstrates the importance of being able to track bitcoin transactions and if the first thing BCH wanted to do after separating itself from Satoshi's Vision and running on developer and cartel agendas was to implement obfuscation methods, this type of criminal activity will only proliferate.
Questions one must ask oneself then are things like why do they want this first? Are some of these developers, personalities and cartel businesses sitting on coins that they know are tarnished from the silk road and want to implement obfuscation practices so they can actually cash in some of the value they are unable to access? Merchants from the silk road 1 are still being caught even as recently as this year when they attempted to move coins that were known to have moved through the silk road. Chain analytics are only becoming more and more powerful and the records can never be changed under the original bitcoin protocol but with developer induced protocol changes like Schnorr signatures, and coinjoin it may be possible to start laundering these coins out in to circulation. I must admit with the cynicism I had towards government and law enforcement and my enjoying controlled substances occasionally I was sympathetic to Ross and donated to his legal fund back in the day and for many years claimed that I wouldn't pay my taxes when I wanted to cash out of bitcoin. I think many people in the space possess this same kind of mentality and subsequently can be preyed upon by people who wish to do much more in the obfuscation than dodge tax and party.
Another interesting observation is that despite the fact that btc spun off as a result of censorship around big block scaling on bitcoin, that subreddit itself has engaged in plenty of censorship for basically anyone who wants to discuss the ideas presented by Dr Craig Wright on that sub. When I posted my part 2 of this series in there a week ago I was immediately met with intense negativity and ad hominems so as to discourage others from reading the submission and my post history was immediately throttled to 1 comment every 10 mins. This is not quite as bad as cryptocurrency where my post made it through the new queue to gather some upvotes and a discussion started but I was immediately banned from that sub for 7 days for reason "Content standards - you're making accusations based on no evidence just a dump of links that do nothing to justify your claims except maybe trustnodes link (which has posted fabricated information about this subreddit mods) and a Reddit post. Keep the conspiracy theories in /conspiracy" My post was also kept at zero in bitcoin and conspiracy so technically btc was the least censored besides C_S_T.
In addition to the throttling I was also flagged by the u/BsvAlertBot which says whether or not a user has a questionable amount of activity in BSV subreddits and then a break down of your percentages. This was done in response to combat the "toxic trolls" of BSV but within bitcoincashSV there are many users that have migrated from what was originally supposed to be a uncensored subreddit to discuss bitcoin and many such as u/cryptacritic17 has have switched sides after having been made to essentially DOXX themselves in btc to prove that they aren't a toxic troll for raising criticisms of the way certain things are handled within that coin and development groups. Other prominent users such as u/jim-btc have been banned for impersonating another user which was in actual fact himself and he has uploaded evidence of him being in control of said account to the blockchain. Mod Log, Mod Damage Control, Mod Narrative BTFO. Interestingly in the comments on the picture uploaded to the blockchain you can see the spin to call him an SV shill when in actual fact he is just an OG bitcoiner that wanted bitcoin to scale as per the whitepaper.
What is essentially going on in the Bitcoin space is that there is a battle of the protocols and a battle for social consensus. The incumbent BTC has majority of the attention and awareness as it is being backed by legacy banking and finance with In-Q-Tel and AXA funding blockstream as well as Epstein associates and MIT, but in the power vaccum that presented itself as to who would steward the big block variant, a posse of cryptoanarchists have gained control of the social media forums and attempted to exert their will upon what should essentially be a Set In Stone Protocol to create something that facilitates their economic activity (such as selling explosives online)) while attempting to leverage their position as moderators who control the social forum to spin their actions as something different (note memorydealers is Roger Ver). For all his tears for the children killed in wars, it seems that what cryptoanarchists such as u/memorydealers want is to delist/shut down governments and they will go to any efforts such as censorship to make sure that it is their implementation of bitcoin that will do that. Are we really going to have a better world with people easier able to hide transactions/launder money?
Because of this power vacuum there also exists a number of different development groups but what is emerging now is that they are struggling for money to fund their development. The main engineering is done by self professed benevolent dictator Amaury Sechet (deadalnix) who in leaked telegram screen caps appears to be losing it as funding for development has dried up and money raised in an anarchist fashion wasn't compliant with laws around fundraising sources and FVNI (development society that manages BCH development and these donations) is run by known scammer David R Allen. David was founder of 2014 Israeli ICO Getgems (GEMZ) that scammed investors out of more than 2500 Bitcoins. The SV supported sky-lark who released this information has since deleted all their accounts but other users have claimed that sky-lark was sent personal details about themselves and pictures of their loved ones and subsequently deleted all their social media accounts afterwards.
There are other shifty behaviours like hiring Japanese influencers to shill their coin, recruiting a Hayden Otto that up until 2018 was shilling Pascal Coin to become a major ambassador for BCH in the Australian city of Townsville. Townsville was claimed to be BCH city hosting a BCH conference there and claiming loads of adoption, but at the conference itself their idea of demonstrating adoption was handing a Point of Sale device to the bar to accept bitcoin payments but Otto actually just putting his credit card behind the bar to settle and he would keep the BCH that everyone paid. In the lead up to the conference the second top moderator of btc was added to the moderators of townsville to shill their coin but has ended up with the townsville subreddit wanting to ban all bitcoin talk from the subreddit.
Many of the BCH developers are now infighting as funding dries up and they find themselves floundering with no vision of how to achieve scale or get actual real world adoption. Amaury has recently accused Peter Rizun of propagandising, told multiple users in the telegram to fuck off and from all accounts appears to be a malignant narcissist incapable of maintaining any kind of healthy relationship with people he is supposed to be working with. Peter Rizun has begun lurking in bitcoincashSV and recognising some of the ideas coming from BSV as having merit while Roger has started to distance himself from the creation of BCH. Interestingly at a point early in the BCH history Roger believed Dr Craig Wright was Satoshi, but once CSW wouldn't go along with their planned road map and revealed the fact he had patents on blockchain technology and wanted to go down a path that worked with Law, Roger retracted that statement and said he was tricked by Craig. He joined in on the faketoshi campaign and has been attempted to be sued by Dr Wright for libel in the UK to which Roger refused to engage citing grounds of jurisdiction. Ironically this avoidance of Roger to meet Dr Wright in court to defend his claims can be seen as the very argument against justice being served by private courts under an anarchocapitalist paradigm with essentially someone with resources simply being able to either flee a private court's jurisdiction or engage a team of lawyers that can bury any chances of an everyday person being able to get justice.
There is much more going on with the BCH drama that can be explained in a single post but it is clear that some of the major personalities in the project are very much interested in having their ideals projected on to the technical implementation of the bitcoin protocol and have no qualms spouting rhetoric around the anti-censorship qualities of bitcoin/BCH while at the same time employing significant censorship on their social media forums to control what people are exposed to and getting rid of anyone who challenges their vision. I posit that were this coin to become a success, these "benevolent dictators" as they put it would love their new found positions of wealth/dominance yet if their behaviour to get there is anything to go by, would demonstrate the same power tripping practices of censorship, weasel acts, misleading people about adoption statistics and curating of the narrative. When the hashrate from Rogers minging operation on BCH dropped dramatically and a lot of empty blocks were being mined, his employer and 2IC moderator u/BitcoinXio (who stepped in to replace roger as CEO) was in the sub informing everyone it was simply variance that was the reason when only a few days later it was revealed that they had reduced their hash power significantly. This is not appropriate behaviour for one of the primary enterprises engaged in stewarding BCH and encouraging adoption nor is the inability to be accountable for such dishonest practices as well. It seems treats btc as their own personal spam page where Roger can ask for donations despite it being against the sub rules and spin/ban any challenge to the narrative they seek to create.
Let's see how the censorship goes as I post this around a few of the same places as the last piece. Stay tuned for the next write up where I take a deep dive in to the coin that everyone doesn't want you to know about.
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I bought an old laptop that had a USB drive on it. It has a text file and 7z file on it. Not sure what to do with it. Showed it to a security guy and he offered me 100 bucks for it all so now I think it's worth something so I said no thanks.

OK I'm convinced that there is a Bitcoin wallet in this 7z file. From careful examination it looks like this person was using 10s of bitcoin back in 2013 and 2014 to use on the old Silk road onion site, I see corrupted text in the undeleted notes text file but I clearly see some onion URLs from past markets. It seems like once the market was closed down his interest in Bitcoin faded.
If anybody would like to seriously help me get this file open I'll share 20% of the balance
Here's the text file contents (I added notes)
elwfrlq 2ls sdvvzrug:
udfkho xvhv Vkls Vwdwlrq (THIS HERE IS THE PASSWORD)
Jlyh wr Dqguhz, 7.4 elwfrlqv. (So far we THINK this says 7.4 bitcoin, however other numbers in the cyphered text show problems leading me to think that it might be another number, but more then 0, I'm certain 7 is not 0 here)
Hudvh dqg ghvwur1 wklv gulyh diwhu
I gave nobody a copy of the file, only this text.
There is a text file I recovered that looks like this person has dealt with hundreds of bitcoins before 2014, it seems as if this is the last time anything was updated before deleted.
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.onion Sites To Visit To Kill Time

Waiting on your BTC to go through? Vendor taking their sweet time getting back to your PM?
Here's a list of working (as of 26/01/2014) .onion links you can visit while you wait. Most are not illegal, although none are CP.
A 4chan type site for TOR
An interactive storyboard site, requires javascript
Not quite sure, but many creepypasta pictures, although none appear to be CP or Snuff.
Death prediction lottery.....what more should I say?
Another 4chan for TOR
Organization for fighting censorship
Find what you look like to .onion sites
Forums & firearm store. Not related to the Silk Road Armory.
URL Shortener for TOR
Wikipedia for TOR
TOR Based Search Engine
Send an receive messages from TOR on any SMS device
Documents and more documents
Forums for odd and wonderful
Well, you should know what this is.
Hosting for TOR
More hosting for TOR
Image Uploader
Image Uploader
Image Uploader
Image Uploader
Image Uploader
Image Uploader
File Upload
File Upload
File Upload
Forum/Bitcoin Site
TOR Sharing Service for Files
Links in the TOR world
Another Search Engine
Clearnet Private Search Engine Mirror
News that concerns TOR users
Image Upladoer
Passwords For Sale, mostly Email accounts
TOR Bitcoin Wallet.
TOR Github
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Doubts cast over FBI 'leaky CAPTCHA' Silk Road rapture

Rather than a conspiracy involving NSA wiretaps, the FBI claims the downfall of Silk Road begun with a leaky CAPTCHA.
Responding to a request for information from former kingpin Ross Ulbricht's defence lawyers, the Feds says the CAPTCHA left a trail from the TOR-protected Silk Road servers to the public Internet. That revealed the location of the drug marketplace, which would otherwise have remained hidden behind TOR, according to an FBI affidavit.
FTI Consulting security man Christopher Tarbell revealed that in June last year during his tenure with the US federal police agency he found the CAPTCHA had leaked header information that revealed the IP address of the website.
"In order for the IP address of a computer to be fully hidden on Tor, however, the applications running on the computer must be properly configured for that purpose. Otherwise, the computer’s IP address may leak through the traffic sent from the computer," Tarbell said in the document [pdf].
"The IP address leak we discovered came from the Silk Road user login interface ... upon examining the individual packets of data being sent back from the website, we noticed that the headers of some of the packets reflected a certain IP address not associated with any known Tor node as the source of the packets.
"When I typed the Subject IP Address into an ordinary web browser, a part of the Silk Road login screen (the CAPTCHA prompt) appeared [which] indicated that the Subject IP Address was the IP address of the Silk Road server, and that it was leaking because the computer code underlying the login interface was not properly configured at the time to work on Tor."
The CAPTCHA was the only source of non-Tor packets but Ulbricht had struggled with the complexities of online anonymity, Tarbell claimed. The ex-FBI man said Ulbricht's computer revealed he doused IP-leaking spot fires that saw the website subject to distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) and migrated to new servers.
But security bod Nicholas Cubrilovic who spent significant time probing Silk Road doubted the bust was as simple as a borked CAPTCHA on the grounds that the anti-spam generator was hosted on the Silk Road server, and alleged the affidavit omitted information regarding more direct application exploitation and fuzzing.
"Anybody with knowledge of Tor and hidden services would not be able to read that description and have a complete understanding of the process that the agents followed to do what they claim to have done," Cubrilovic said.
"Were the Silk Road site still live today, and in the same state it was as in back in June 2013 when the agents probed the server, you wouldn't be able to reproduce or recreate what the agents describe in the affidavit ... [the CAPTCHA] theory does not stand up to scrutiny because the Silk Road image CAPTCHA was hosted on the same server and at the same hidden URL as the Silk Road website.
"The idea that the CAPTCHA was being served from a live IP is unreasonable. Were this the case, it would have been noticed not only by me – but the many other people who were also scrutinizing the Silk Road website. Silk Road was one of the most scrutinized sites on the web, for white hats because it was an interesting challenge and for black hats since it hosted so many Bitcoin (with little legal implication if you managed to steal them)."
Moreover, an externally hosted image would still be routed over Tor and any packet sniffer would be unable to detect the Silk Road's IP address.
Cubrilovic claimed it was more likely the FBI found and exploited a security vulnerability or discovered an information leak in the Silk Road login page and application.
Those vulnerabilities which revealed the public IP address including a var_dump likely from inexperienced live debugging were made public on Stack Exchange -- Cubrilovic suggested the FBI may have taken advantage of these errors to locate Silk Road.
"This would explain why the FBI included the statement about 'typing in miscellaneous entries into the username, password, and CAPTCHA fields', because they needed to enter an exploit command to prompt the server to either dump or produce the IP address variable."
In this scenario, the description of packet sniffers and 'inspecting each packet' is all a distraction from what the FBI really did. Technically, saying that a packet sniffer revealed the true IP address of the server is true – what isn't mentioned is the packet sniffer was picking up responses from a request to the login page that was forcing it to spit out the IP address as part of a bug."
He thanked security bods the The Grugq and Harisec for research input, and called for the tech community to share any mirrors they had of Silk Road during 2013.
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Potcoin is speaking at april 9th in new york! Pre interview for smokemon514

sorry i have been sooo busy but here we go!
A. Head shot of speaker B. Media Assets and logo's for Your coin 1.What does Your coin represent? 
our coins represents Change, Freendom, Legalization, and support for the cannabis industry.
2.What is Your Vision? 
my vision is to help the cannabis industry and supporting them to legalize hemp and cannabis to create a create new world wide industry that can help solve many of the worlds problems such as.
STRESSS, lol -- oil products, paper products, building materials, clothing, even cars and fuel and the most IMPORT MEDICAL MARIJUANA TO HELP PEOPLE NATURALLY AS GOD INTENDED
3.What are You hoping to accomplish at The CryptoCurrency Convention? 
i want to introduce potcoin and the main devs to the world and show them who we are and that we are normal people who run successful starts ups and smoke marijuana at the same time. its not bad for you and it actually helps most people.
4.What has been the greatest accomplishment of Your coin so far? 
LOL everything! its such a TRIP!! i would say the creating the COMMUNITY!!! REDDIT TWITTER FACEBOOK
everyone is amazing and everyone is helping us!! we couldnt have done it without all the amazing support
check out
5.What are the unique features? 
WE are industry specific, we are backed by weed on one side and the fiat market on the other and we aim to keep the money in the ecosystem to show how powerful the marijuana industry can be when its not affected by GLOBAL markets!
6.When were You first introduced to CryptoCurrency? 
jan 21,2014
7.Do You mine other coins also? 
8.Why did You create Your coin? 
My friend called me and told me his idea, i called my other friend and the 3 of us made POTCOIN
because it made sense and with all the issues in the new about dispensaries having issues with accepting only cash and banks and credit cards not supporting the newly legalized industry.
9.Who will benefit most from adopting Your coin as a primary? 
Dispensaries and People who use cannabis for medicine and need to order it online and cant leave their homes or anyone that moves large amounts of money around.
10. Compare and Contrast Your coin to Bitcoin. 
we are here to take over where bitcoin left on, we made its easier for people to access and much quicker confirmation times so when transactions are done in store its much much faster then bitcoin. bitcoin doesnt want to be associated with any kind of drug,s look at silk road. they are for big business and main stream companies. we fill that GAP just for the LEGAL CANNABIS INDUSTRY
11. What other CryptoCurrencies are You interested in or involved with? 
doge coin, org coin, aurora coin,
12. Do You want help with the other aspects of growth? (Branding, Marketing) 
always we always love help!
13. Do You have an Official Foundation? If so, what is the web address it will be up next week.
14. Do You have Social Media? Please send us the URLs
15. Is there anything else You would request from us to help You and Your coin grow? 
We want people to be happy and love each other, also share the love of the coin and cannabis + crypto. All together we can create a world wide community that uses POTCOINS to help do their part in making this world a better place!
1.844.POT.COIN [email protected] skype:potcoin
my photo if its okay for you and name is SMoKeMoN514 and my photo is attached.
i dont want to reveal my real name etc till the conference pls
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[Table] IAmA: We are Darknet Solutions. We build & host darknet (TOR) sites, and we've been around the darknet for over 2 years! What an interesting journey it has been, AMA!

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Date: 2014-10-06
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Questions Answers
Is TOR still safe? Interesting stories? What are your favorite books? Thanks for doing this! Yes and no. Many users assume they can download TOR, install it, and they are 100% safe. This is not the case.
Generally (and why is beyond us) TOR defaults to allowing all scripts. Disable this. This prevents any scripts from being executed on the clients side such as JavaScript, Flash, ect.
Another thing you can do is run TOR over a VPN (virtual private networks).
Silk Road 1 going down was quite interesting. We lost just under a thousand in escrow, although we only sold petty objects such as silk road memorabilia, 3d printed items, glassware and grinders with the SR camel logo.
At the time we had a few large orders of bongs going out through the USA and that costs us some funds, but nothing critical.
Then the Sheep Market scam was interesting to watch over on /darknetmarkets. I think over One hundred million USD in BTc were stolen.
Books! Good way to pass the time.
Adam: I don't read much actual literature, if I had to go with something I'd say Adventures of Huck Finn.
Brian: Zombie Survival Guide. Not the best author, but it's been my favorite book even after that horrible movie we dare not speak of.
Chris: Hunt For Red October.
To clarify: the TOR browser bundle leaves scripts enabled, not TOR itself. TOR is just the router, the browser bundle is TOR built in to Firefox to make it easier for people to use it. My bad.
Yes, the TOR browser (which has had hundreds of updates) still has the default to script on.
Click the S! icon just to the left of the URL bar and select "Forbit Scripts Globally".
> not mentioning TAILS. We don't use TAILS, we use a Kernel Hardened Gentoo Server. If you mean mention it as part of the reply to TOR, it's not particularly related to the question "Is TOR Safe".
Do you ever get contacted by authorities for information about your clients? We have had customers asking about our clients, as well as customers asking about personal information of vendors which we obviously don't have, and if we did it would not be something we share. Generally we find clients that are already selling on the darknet, and know most of the absics for using it in a safe manner. But there's the occasional "I have $50 and want a vendor site and market accounts, help me" that we simply have to explain it costs much more than that.
How informed do you find that potential clients are when they want to start up on the darknet? We have had contact with authorities: anonymous emails any time we find a child pornography site. We also refuse any contact with those that are looking for CP sites, and it is sickening how many there are. The largest issue is some new vendors assume our vendor sites means they get market accounts, and are upset when we correct them. You'd be surprised how many people want to become darknet vendors but don't want to pay any money for vendor accounts.
So what DOES it cost for an onion shop? For a full vendor shop, we charge $40 USD monthly for hosting (discounts for 3,6,12 months) plus any additional services ordered.
The basic price doesn't include bitcoin integration or automatic ordering, but it does give you a operable CMS system for showcasing your products and making manual orders.
Prices are in USD, and it seems we forgot our payment data: Bitcoins & Darkcoins (and more to come).
Host your clear net site with .bit. We're still waiting to expand into those types of domains. As we currently have no server for hosting them, we do not want a site on a network we cannot yet host on.
Thanks for taking your time for an AMA! I am a Linux System Administrator who has a large background in security and I would really appreciate any questions you can answer. All server traffic is tunneled through a transparent TOR proxy, so the server couldn't give out it's IP even if it wanted to.
What actions do you take to protect your users privacy(Web application firewalls, IDS/IPS, kernel hardening, etc.)? We have PaX, SELinux, and GRSecurity enabled for the kernel.
What extra methods do you have to take to ensure the privacy of the IPv4 address? Other than the tor proxy we also make sure the servers information is not leaked through error pages or any malicious scripts.
Do you prefer a specific management panel software(cPanel, Ajenti, etc.) or just plain linux servers? We prefer linux servers although we've several inquiries about offering cPanel for clients. Right now it's SFTP and SSH access only.
Can you tell us where you host your sites? We can't say where we host the sites.
Do you offer email with your services and if so do you use encryption? We do offer email integration, although we do not run a SMTorP service. We can integrate safe-mail and lelantos into users services.
Also do you use popular CMSs or do you use plain code? What protections do you take if a customer requests CMSs? We use both existing CMS/scripts as well as custom code usually built on Bootstrap. We try to enable all possible security features and migrate any JS features to php or css3, as well as providing code optimization for TOR.
Also do you encrypt your customers files on the web server? Would you feel there is any need to do so? We have psuedo encryption, in that the server encrypts important files that customers do not need access to, but we have access to all user files and the encryption keys. Otherwise we'd have a very hard time making sure Child Pornography stays off our servers.
Will tor get faster or slow to a complete stop? Over time: We have no idea. The network seems to be capable enough as long as people don't host multimedia sites.
In the short term: Yes, Yes, and Yes. You can get a TOR identity that loads at around 10kbps (a quarter of the speed of 56k), and some identities that load pages very quick.
It depends on which TOR nodes you are connected though, sometimes a few ID switches can find a bad connection.
Same goes for onion sites too - if the site is being hosted on nodes that are slow, it doesn't matter how fast your connection is: the site will still be slow until it hops to another connection that is faster.
How did the fall of Silk Road affect the way you ran your business? Well, we never offered our services to the public until after the fall. however the small items (compared to some other vendors, our loss was around 0.5% of what large vendors lost) did make us think twice about using markets.
One of the first markets we assisted with was Budster, although we only deigned the theme. It's a shame the site turned out to be a scammer site.
We no longer sell items on the markets, and the income from web services is enough for us to enjoy our free time with our families and pad our income.
It's also taught us to embrace multisignature escrow in case this happens to another market.
I work with LE dealing with child exploitation and the #1 reason that large, long-term rings continue to operate is solely due to TOR. What most TOR users we've seen do is take a proactive approach - like us, many TOR users will report any sites that depict child exploitation to the host/authorities/etc.
Knowing that giving a backdoor to LE would save dozens, possibly even hundreds of innocent children from current abuse would you still vote against a backdoor just to protect your own privacy? Having a backdoor just for that would be like having a camera in everyones house to make sure of the same. It would save hundreds of children against this crime but at the cost of infringing on the privacy of the innocent.
Is the privacy of 3 million users more important to you than the well being of one hundred children who are being sexually abused right now? Quite the loaded question.
We support TOR being anonymous and clear of any backdoors that would result in the users identity being revealed to provide complete anonymity to users.
We do not support murder for hire, child exploitation, or anything that directly results in violence against another person.
What are some of the strangest things you have hosted? We can't say specifically since we do keep client anonymity.
But the most interesting was what turned out to be an ARG. Apparently someone thought it be interesting to draw users into a online game with .onion sites, so they bought a few and without telling us had some posted. Nothing illegal, just very disturbing.
Grotesque shapes and creatures, although no gore.
Naturally on first thought we halted the site and contacted them when we found it in our monthly audit, and got everything cleared up quite quickly (within a few hours).
While I respect your policy for keeping client data private... That was a year ago, the sites been long gone now. They only paid for 6 months of hosting while it played out.
Anyone wanna PM me the address? I love stuff like this. Not sure what the actual game was, just that when we asked about the gore they showed us their plan and sites.
What's your most usual website requests? Are you using any popular cms or are you developing your own? In your website is see that the subdomain generation takes time and is based on the number of letters can you explain why that's different than a normal subdomain where you have to only update the dns? Most popular seem to be Vendor shops. The generation is for full domains like dpolezbmujmbcqze.onion and dpoletuchcwxcmvc.onion, which require that many different private keys be generated until the script (scallion) finds a matching one. But we do have subdomains working, meaning that you can have something like north.dpolezbmujmbcqze.onion.
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Australian Entrepreneur Says He Created Bitcoin

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Advertisement Advertisement By PAUL MOZUR and NATHANIEL POPPER MAY 2, 2016 In an interview with the BBC, Craig Steven Wright, who claims to be the founder of the internet currency Bitcoin, said he wants privacy, not fame or adoration.Craig Steven Wright, the computer programmer who claimed in interviews with the BBC , The Economist and GQ to be the currency’s progenitor, said that he had come forward to quell the rumors.“It would take the real Satoshi about five minutes to provide conclusive proof to the entire Bitcoin community, if the real Satoshi wanted to do that,” said Joseph Bonneau, a researcher at the Applied Crypto Group at Stanford University.“Much of the secret is gone, but the vision is still there.” In the world of cybercrimes and encryption, finding the human behind the computer is the exception, not the rule.The creator of the illicit Internet market called the Silk Road, known in part for its reliance on Bitcoin, was confirmed only by an operation in which he was grabbed at a San Francisco library with his laptop open. The latest twist in Bitcoin’s origins story is likely to feed the power vacuum that has plagued the virtual currency. are putting resources into researching how they can use the blockchain, the currency’s communal digital ledger, to make transactions faster and cheaper.Advertisement Satoshi, as the creator became known, communicated only by electronic message and never revealed his or her true identity before cutting off all communication in 2011. In perhaps the most notable case, Newsweek claimed in 2014 that the founder was Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, a physicist living in California. news release , “and I want to be clear that I’m doing this because I care so passionately about my work.” Soon after the stories were published in Wired and Gizmodo, the Australian Federal Police raided Mr.Another of the leading developers working on Bitcoin’s basic software, Gregory Maxwell, said that the evidence presented by Mr.Advertisement “Altogether, the weight of the new evidence tips the scales very little, and the scales were already stacked against him being Satoshi,” said Jeremy Clark, an assistant professor at the Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering in Montreal.
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