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News Silk Road Shutdown

  1. Oct 2, 2013 #1

    Pythagorean

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    Looks like the US government isn't the only one. The Silk Road is part of the "Deep Web" of the internet.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/02/us-crime-silkroad-raid-idUSBRE9910TR20131002
     
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    That site was doing some big time business. It would be entertaining and scary to read the listings.

    http://slashdot.org/topic/cloud/fbi-shuts-down-silk-road-online-black-market/
     
  4. Nov 18, 2013 #3

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    An interesting, and somewhat scary, read about how it was taken down in the first place.

    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/11/silk-road/

    But then apparently it is back online, just 6 weeks after its initial shutdown, in the form of Silk Road 2.0.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...selling-hard-drugs-fake-passports-online.html
     
  5. Nov 18, 2013 #4

    Dotini

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    Sorry, but the dailymail is not credible, and I do not think it is allowed to link to it on this forum.
     
  6. Nov 18, 2013 #5

    MarneMath

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    For anyone actively involved in TOR or these hidden services, there quite a few theories that the servers (aka the end points) are now accessed and monitored by the NSA. Especially since the last essential DNS attack on these servers contained a plethora of NSA related address, along with the fact the the last malware that infected freedom's server was simply placed to monitor user information from an NSA address.


    In response to Dotini, what isn't credible about the story? Silkroad 2.0 is up and readily available to anyone with the TOR address.
     
  7. Nov 18, 2013 #6

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  8. Nov 18, 2013 #7

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    It's not a topic I really understand well from a technological point, but if the operators were aware of NSA spying, surely they could block access somehow? I'd imagine that the people running Silk Road are pretty well versed in how the internet works. Again, I only have a very superficial understanding of data encryption and information transfer between servers.
     
  9. Nov 18, 2013 #8

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    I don't think they were aware at the time. I believe people became suspicious of it afterthe freedom server suffered a DNS attack and later that day a ring of childporn folks were arrested and nearly all sites on the hiddenwiki went black. The reason why this relates is because many TOR sites are hosted on that server including 'legitimate' ones. It wasn't until hackers on the TOR site looked into who committed the DNS on the server did they suspect anything, and that wasn't until after silkroad went down the first time.
     
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