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Re: The Dark Web

Postby desertrat » Sat Nov 08, 2014 7:55 am

A Fast Explainer Of The Dark Web
At least this quick primer lists a few of the legitimate uses of the Dark Web, but as usual sex trafficking (which barely even exists) gets thrown in there to spice things up.
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Re: The Dark Web

Postby a2z » Mon Nov 10, 2014 8:18 pm

Tor Project mulls how Feds took down hidden websites
If it's any consolation, it took the efforts of law enforcement agencies in several countries and who knows how many hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of detectives' time to take down a network run on software that is developed by people who sell nothing, make no profit, and continue their work funded only by donations. Kind of ironic, but the powers that be want very much to create a police state and they will stop at nothing to reach that goal.
Little is known about how U.S. and European law enforcement shut down more than 400 websites, including Silk Road 2.0, which used technology that hides their true IP addresses. The criminal complaint filed against Benthall doesn’t reveal much other than saying that in May the FBI “identified a server located in a foreign country that was believed to be hosting the Silk Road 2.0.”

LINK: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2845352/tor-project-mulls-how-feds-took-down-hidden-websites.html
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Re: The Dark Web

Postby a2z » Mon Nov 10, 2014 8:23 pm

Biggest ever Tor raid hits 410 underground sites; 17 arrested
LIke I said, it's all about creating a police state...
Tor is an encrypted system that facilitates anonymous communication. It has plenty of legitimate uses, particularly for evading surveillance in countries with authoritarian governments. Police have increasingly been targeting underground websites on Tor, and Thursday’s raids are the latest in that work.

LINK: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2845272/biggest-ever-tor-raid-hits-410-underground-sites-17-arrested.html
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Re: The Dark Web

Postby a2z » Mon Nov 10, 2014 8:36 pm

Silk Road, other Tor “darknet” sites may have been “decloaked” through DDoS
This article includes a basic description of one way that Tor may have been compromised. It required the coordinated efforts of detectives from at least eighteen different law enforcement organizations in at least seventeen different countries to pull it off, proving once again that the powers that be will go to extreme lengths to maintain and expand the police state.
Last week’s takedown of Silk Road 2.0 wasn’t the only law enforcement strike on "darknet" illicit websites being concealed by the Tor Project’s network of anonymizing routers. A total of 410 .onion pages on at least 27 different sites were shut down as part of Operation Onymous—a joint operation between16 member nations of Europol, the FBI, and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

LINK: http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/11/silk-road-other-tor-darknet-sites-may-have-been-decloaked-through-ddos/
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Re: The Dark Web

Postby a2z » Mon Nov 10, 2014 8:42 pm

Thoughts and Concerns about Operation Onymous
The good people who developed the The Onion Router are analyzing recent events and offer several theories explaining how the network was compromised. The good thing about events like this is that more people learn about the importance of anonymity and the more people who promote anonymity, the harder it is for the police state to maintain its power.
Tor is most interested in understanding how these services were located, and if this indicates a security weakness in Tor hidden services that could be exploited by criminals or secret police repressing dissents. We are also interested in learning why the authorities seized Tor relays even though their operation was targetting hidden services. Were these two events related?

LINK: https://blog.torproject.org/blog/thoughts-and-concerns-about-operation-onymous
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Re: The Dark Web

Postby mrfish » Tue Nov 11, 2014 11:59 am

Is The NSA The New Secret Police?
I'm not a fan of Al Jazeera, but the information presented in this video hits the nail squarely on the head. The comparison between our NSA and the Nazi Secret Police is valid and chilling. They had a ratio of one agent per sixty-three citizens. Our ratio is even higher than that and on top of that we have all sorts of laws requiring that citizens report certain "suspicious" behaviors that aren't even against the law. I agree with A2Z. We live in a police state and most people would vehemently deny it, but that's just because it's crept up on us slowly and in the meantime we've been conditioned to accept it as normal and for our own good.
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Re: The Dark Web

Postby texasranger » Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:28 am

I don't know about this dark web stuff, but I can't disagree with the idea that government agencies are in our business way more than they ought to be. There's the NSA, the FBI, the EPA, the BLM, the DHS, the CIA, etc. and that's not to even mention regular law enforcement troops. It's possible to get hassled by county sheriffs, city police, and highway patrol just on a quick trip over to Ridgecrest! We are over-regulated and over-monitored in almost everything we do. All we need is a strong military to keep us safe from foreign threats and a basic police force to maintain order. It's the basic KISS priciple in action. Stick to the basics and KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPIDS!!!
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Re: The Dark Web

Postby cactuspete » Sat Jan 17, 2015 7:50 am

Monumental Silk Road trial begins in NY, media remains silent
This is an incredibly important case with implications that extend way beyond the Dark Web and could impact basic personal freedoms that all Americans are guaranteed under the Constitution. The government has built an astoundingly weak case, but hopes to trick the jury with smoke and mirrors. Hopefully the judge has enough integrity to allow all the facts to be laid out and doesn't cave to government claims that certain illegal techniques used to gather/manufacture evidence are matters of national security.
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Re: The Dark Web

Postby a2z » Wed Jan 21, 2015 6:53 pm

The Dark Net Child Pornography Epidemic
This is a good example of how misinformation is constantly being fed to the American people by fake experts. This lady is so clueless that it's pathetic, but she has officially recognized credentials which provides her with the appearance of credibility. The average person doesn't do the reality testing necessary to see through the misinformation she's sharing. First of all, CP is fairly rare and one is not likely to stumble across it on the regular internet. Secondly, a very small percent of the traffic on the Dark Web involves porn of any kind.

The reason that CP is even mentioned in relation to the Dark Web is that people like this lady want to convince the general public that something needs to be done about the Dark Web. The cost involved would be tremendous and so they play the CP card in order to convince people to support expensive law enforcement campaigns to seek out individuals who trade or sell CP. Also they want to be able to enact legislation that will create more laws that further reduce the freedom of everyone. Many people are willing to trade away their freedom to wipe out CP. It's the typical ploy always used to convince us to give up our basic freedoms and people fall for it all the time!
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Re: The Dark Web

Postby panamint_patty » Thu Jan 22, 2015 7:12 am

The lady in that video doesn't seem like she's an expert on the topic she's speaking about. Instead it seems like someone fed her a bunch of bogus information and I think she really believes what she's saying. She doesn't seem smart enough to realize that she's being used to spread misinformation. She's reasonably well-spoken, but she seems to lack critical thinking skills. She's the perfect type of person to use in this way.
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