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OpenBazaar: A Decentralized Alternative

OpenBazaar (Github: https://github.com/OpenBazaar/OpenBazaar) is a spin-off of the Dark Market that is supported by the official Dark Market team going so far as to allow an OpenBazaar section on their online forums. OpenBazaaar utilises Bitcoin and Cryptography to compete with the likes of eBay, enabling pure Peer-Peer transactions without a middle manipulating the entire scheme for their benefit. Ricardian contracts, ... Read More »

Study: Estimating hidden service traffic from DNS leaks

A new and interesting study that was published recently under the name   “Measuring the Leakage of Onion at the Root: A measurement of Tor’s .onion.top pseudo-top-level domain in the global domain name system”, By Thomas & Mohaisen 2014, Suggest the following things as they were summarized in a reddit post by Gwern: Tor is capable of providing anonymity to servers, ... Read More »

Introducing Grams Helix: Bitcoins Cleaner

Helix is the definitive darknet bitcoin cleaner. Grams’ helix doesn’t just clean your bitcoins it gives you brand new ones which have never been to the darknet before. The helix system is more than a bitcoin tumbler, it is privacy and security wrapped in one. How is it different? The Helix process uses a new proprietary technology which has never ... Read More »

Bitcoin News Round-Up 22.06.2014

Bitcoin saw gains this week on a number of good-news items, pushing it from the week’s low of $553.28 on June 15, to $591.29 at the time of writing. The coin’s price was spurred upwards by positive government policy news from both Japan and Switzerland, as well as industry news in support of the cryptocurrency. Industry news OpenBazaar is aiming ... Read More »

How The DeepWeb Helped and Hindered Net Neutrality and Online Privacy

The internet is a hotbed of controversy as of late. I first started taking notice during the SOPA crisis of 2012 which focused on shutting down websites that could take money away from big corporations (gosh wouldn’t that be just horrible). This issue has bubbled up to the surface again with legislation involving Net Neutrality, which is aimed at opening ... Read More »

How Crypto Markets will Undermine Government Control: Drug Markets

The American war on drugs has been raging long before its “official” declaration by Nixon during the Vietnam War. The real war on drugs started in 1937, when the United States Congress passed the first marijuana prohibition legislation in the history of the United States. This legislation marked the beginning of the United States government’s endless campaign to control and ... Read More »

Operation Python: DarkNetMarkets Related Busts In New Zeland

As it was published at Stuff.co.nz,  Relevant parts suggesting its DarkNetMarkets related are in bold: Police raiding a central Wellington apartment were confronted by men lying on high-powered rifles in a drugs operation that has netted bounty including a carving stolen from Te Papa museum. Swords, and the rifles and a $3000 Maori carving thought to have been stolen from the ... Read More »

List of Silk Road Bitcoin Bidders Leaked by US Marshals

As it was published in Coindesk: A list of potential buyers for almost 30,000 bitcoins confiscated from the now-defunct Silk Road black marketplace has been leaked via email by the US Marshals Service (USMS). The original intent of the email was to inform interested parties about an updated FAQ related to the bitcoin auction. The USMS staffer who sent the ... Read More »

Bitcoin news round-up 17.06.2014

The past week brought positive news for bitcoin despite a 10% price drop since Sunday 8 July. Price decreases over the past week have likely been caused by speculators selling off on fears of the US Marshall’s sale of seized bitcoins will flood the market. Bitcoin holds a value of $599.92 at the time of writing, an improvement of $7.95, ... Read More »

Grandma Sending Christmas Money to Your Wallet Address?

Like any good, disruptive, complex technology, Bitcoin is grossly understood by a society that sees no need for its’ existence, much less a desire to learn how to use it. There was one new technology that was vastly similar to Bitcoin in its’ infancy. Before miners were building rigs or discussing cryptography, a similar cross-section of society was tinkering with ... Read More »

Can Bitcoin’s Technology Change The Way We Vote?

The concept of bitcoin as a currency is on trajectory to revolutionize the finance, banking and payment industries by shifting power back to the people, whose trust is placed in verifiable open-source code, rather than possibly corruptible humans with ulterior motives. And the main technology behind bitcoin – the blockchain – is set to forever shift the political paradigm in ... Read More »

Simple TAILS Installation

Right up there with Whonix as a contender for the best OS to access the deep web is Tails. The Amnesic Incognito Live System or “Tails” is a live system that aims to preserve your privacy and anonymity which is very important when accessing the deep web. Unlike Whonix, it is not made to be run on a virtual machine ... Read More »