A Jailed Ross Ulbricht Wasn’t Enough For Someone To Access Silk Road Operator’s Account

A Jailed Ross Ulbricht Wasn’t Enough For Someone To Access Silk Road Operator’s Account

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Who doesn’t really know the man Ross Ulbricht? Well, it turns out a lot of you folks don’t so let’s begin with a two line introduction. Ross Ulbricht is the man behind “Dread Pirate Roberts”, you may ask what on earth is Dread Pirate Roberts. Basically, Ross Ulbricht was convicted (a while ago) for operating a Silk Road drug marketplace online. He used the pseudonym Dread Pirate Roberts for the obvious privacy reasons. This fact, however, isn’t news. The real news is that attorneys who are representing Ross Ulbricht have revealed that they have managed to unearth concrete evidence that someone (no one knows the name of this someone at the moment) accessed the Dread Pirate Roberts account by logging in at the Silk Road online forums while their client was in jail. The incidence, attorneys for Ross Ulbricht claim, took place about six weeks after Ross Ulbricht was arrested by law enforcement agencies for running an online drug marketplace. Additionally, it was also revealed that Ross Ulbricht was in the custody of federal authorities when that certain someone accessed his account on the Silk Road online drug marketplace. However, there is still some doubt about the authenticity of the evidence …

How the Dark Web Works

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Beneath our everyday internet lurks a murky network of encrypted sites known as the Dark Web. Is it all bad? No. But it does fuel a lucrative criminal subculture that could threaten businesses and consumers. The Dark Web is an ominous network of shadowy hackers hellbent on stealing company data, overthrowing the country, and selling drugs to your kids with Bitcoin. Or is it? The hidden and encrypted internet enables hackers and activists and criminals. It’s also a wonderful source for shocking headlines and salacious YouTube stories, and a communication and privacy-enhancing platform. Powered by a network of encrypted websites and accessible only by using a complex set of security tools, the Dark Web is as intriguing as it is beguiling. To understand the realities of the hidden internet, better grab a flashlight. The Dark Web and the deep web are terms often confused and used interchangeably. The deep web is a term that refers to sites and pages unavailable to the general public and not indexed by traditional search engines, like corporate intranet sites, private social media posts, and pages with nofollow search tags. Above the deep web hovers the clearnet, the traditional internet and mobile web used by …

Deep Web Documentary Shines Light on the Rise and Fall of the Silk Road

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On  February 4, 2015, a young man named Ross Ulbricht was convicted of seven charges laid in a U.S. Federal Court in Manhattan. On May 29, 2015, he was sentenced to life in prison for his crimes. He was accused of being the owner and operator of the Silk Road website, the most popular online drug marketplace. The indictment charged Ulbricht in seven counts, including narcotics trafficking, narcotics trafficking by means of the Internet, conspiring to commit narcotics trafficking, engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiring to commit or aid and abet computer hacking,  conspiring to traffic in fraudulent identification documents, and conspiring to commit money laundering. Filmmaker Alex Winter has written, directed, and produced a film outlining the story of the rise and fall of Silk Road called Deep Web. It premieres on May 31st at 8PM on Epix. The documentary tells the story of the rise and fall of Silk Road, bringing the viewer  into the world of U.S. law enforcement agencies during their early monitoring and seizure of the website, follows Ulbricht’s court case, and documents the present work of one group of people trying to rebuild a decentralized version of the Silk Road. It includes testimonials from …

Illicit Middle Earth Marketplace Possibly Exploited, IP Discovered

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For any unknown terms or phrases, please look at our “dark net market” terminology guide. Reddit user “haxforcrack” posted today on “/r/DarkNetMarkets,” to inform the community of exploits for black Tor market “Middle Earth.” The user’s discoveries include the server’s IP address and “stack,” or configuration. The user claims to have reached out to site administrators, deciding to go public when no response was received. For a hidden black market, having a server expose it’s IP address is one of the greatest fears an operator may face. A Tor hidden service hides IP addresses, and it is up the service’s operator to secure the service properly to hide the IP address from potential exploits. The address may allow law enforcement to discover the server’s location, and even copy all data from the server during it’s operation. According to “haxforcrack,” the server is an Ubuntu Linux system running Nginx, MySQL, and Django. A “cross-site request forgery” error page printed an insecure Django version, which was then exploited using a well known and currently fixed exploit to print the IP address. When “haxforcrack” defended the exploit’s release, he said, “…trust me if I found it as quickly as I did LE already knows about it.” …

Deciphering Dark Net Market Terminology

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Many subversive communities use niche terminology and phrases. The world of dark net markets is no different. Dark Net Originally synonymous with “deep web,” this is any part of the net which is not search engine accessible. Today, “dark net” is commonly used as a misnomer for hidden services accessible only through Tor or I2P. The Tor Project prefers “deep web,” because it does not imply nefarious usage. Clear Net An antonym to “dark net,” the clear net is comprised of search engine accessible sites. Dark Net Market In the case of dark net markets, “dark net” is a misnomer to represent markets only accessible as hidden services. These markets generally use Bitcoin or other crypto currencies for payment, often for illicit items. The “DarkNetMarkets” subreddit maintains a list of popular Tor and Bitcoin markets. Tor According to the Tor Project, “Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security.” Tor is needed to access most dark net markets, with easiest access provided by the Tor Browser bundle. All traffic passes through at least three Tor “relays” before reaching it’s destination. Tor …

Alex Winter Talks Bitcoin, Drugs and His New Film ‘Deep Web’

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CoinDesk managing editor Emily Spaven interviews director Alex Winter ahead of the release of his new documentary film Deep Web. Libertarian ideals, crime and citizens’ rights in the digital age – there are many themes running through Alex Winter’s latest documentary film, Deep Web, but by far the greatest focus is the story of Ross Ulbricht and his involvement in the online drugs marketplace Silk Road. Winter, best known for his role as Bill Preston in the Bill and Ted franchise, has long since proved his worth on the other side of the lens, having sat in the director’s chair on five films since 1993. His latest offering begins with a rousing speech by British libertarian and cypherpunk Amir Taaki, warning of corrupt fascists masquerading as “white knights”. Taaki enthuses that now is the time for the technological classes to take back their sovereignty. The movie goes on to explore the mysterious underbelly of the Internet – the hidden layer called the Deep Web and its anonymity-rich area: the Dark Net. It’s here that illegal drug marketplaces exist and where Ulbricht’s story begins. The film focuses on the arrest of Ulbricht, the charges made against him for his involvement in …