#1 By: Xeni Jardin, October 8th, 2013 16:36
#2 By: Jason Andresen, October 8th, 2013 16:51
One thing I don't understand is how the Silk Road servers were supposed to remain hidden. My understanding of TOR is that anybody can operate an exit node, and any exit node has to be able to translate TOR addresses to IP addresses. Once you have that, it's just a bit of police work to find the server and hosting and track the money back to the operator.
#3 By: marco, October 8th, 2013 16:57
There is also something calle TOR hidden services. These services are only accessible within TOR - your traffic enters the TOR network, but does not go back out through an exit node. The hidden service also establishes some connections into the TOR network, and publishes its services on TOR rendezvous points - so, your traffic traverses several TOR hops to get to the rendezvous point, and several more to get from the rendezvous point to the hidden ultimate endpoint that offers the service.
Silk Road ran on such a hidden service.
#4 By: marco, October 8th, 2013 16:59
that we know of.
#5 By: Daemonworks, October 8th, 2013 17:02
The darknet has fallen. Long live the darknet.
#6 By: Aaron Gilliland, October 8th, 2013 17:20
THE Dark Net? There are many, many Dark Nets. This event will only spur a temporary increase in security consciousness among the user base. Tor isn't going anywhere, nor is I2P, etc. etc.
#7 By: Cowicide, October 8th, 2013 17:23
The downfall of Silk Road, and with it, the so-called Dark Net
That's not a Dark Net.. THIS is a Dark Net.
#8 By: zikzak, October 8th, 2013 17:50
The author of this article misunderstands the technical situation in ways that make me question the rest of their analysis.
At first I was concerned, because I worried that darknet FUD will discourage people from participating in outlaw networks. But then I realized that darknet FUD is inevitable, has existed, and will continue to exist. Because the darknet has always been politically impossible, it will never be acceptable or even tolerated. Its existence is fundamentally an act of war against authority. So the darknet lives and dies on the technical reality. And the technical reality is still unshaken, so who cares what Gawker writes?
#9 By: Tom Mathews, October 8th, 2013 21:03
My takeaway has been that if you want to run a DarkNet or Secure Email Service, don't run the servers in the US.
#10 By: Boundegar, October 8th, 2013 21:19
I think Freedom Hosting was located in Ireland.
#11 By: facile, October 9th, 2013 00:02
#12 By: Tom Mathews, October 9th, 2013 12:55
Ah, ok. Then my takeaway should have been, "Do this in Russia."
#13 By: Phoenix K, October 10th, 2013 02:38
Gawker? Adrian Chen? No thanks. I value credibility and integrity in my news sources too much.
#14 By: Aaron Gilliland, October 11th, 2013 15:14
That was my first reaction. "Wait, Gawker article? You mean 'linkbait-titled photo book,' right?"
#15 By: Xeni Jardin, October 13th, 2013 16:36
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