Headline June 20, 2015/ ''' YES MASTER ! : HIT MEN? LSD? TORTURE? FAKE PASSPORTS? "'



CHILD PORN? EXPLOSIVES? Shotguns? Heroin? Meth? Mariguana? ecstasy, mescaline, Handguns,-

AN AXACT DEGREE? PH.D? MBA? BBA?....Just name it, good, Sir? Anything?  "And your wish will be my command!"

"Just over decade and a few years ago, the U.S. government built a totally private, anonymous network. Now it's a haven for drugs, and child pornography,"  state two brilliant research authors Lev Grossman and Jay Newton Small.

ENTER and Saddle up, and come along, as we go looking, if not for anything else, than some counterfeit dollars would do.  At least, we should think smarter than thoooose shameless blackmailers, and brain-dead idiots from Axact.

Most people who use the  Deep Web  aren't criminals. But some prosecutors and government agencies think that  Silk Road  was just the thin edge of the wedge and that:

Deep Web  is a potential nightmare, an electronic haven for thieves, child pornographers, human traffickers, forgers, assassins and peddlers of state secrets and loose nukes.

The FBI, the DEA, the ATF and the NSA, to name a few,  are spending tens of millions of dollars trying to figure out how to crack it. Which is ironic, since it's the U.S. military that built the  Deep Web  in the first place.

In May 1996, three scientists with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory presented a paper titled:  "Hiding Routing Information" at a workshop in Cambridge, England.

It laid out the technical features of a system whereby users could access the Internet  without divulging their identities to any  Web-servers  or  routers  they might interact with along the way.

They called their idea  "Union Routing", because the layers of the layers of encryption that surround and obscure the data being passed back and forth.

By October, 2003, the idea was ready to be released onto the Net as an   open-source project called  TOR   [which originally stood for  The Onion Router, though the acronym has since been abandoned].

**If the  Deep Web is a masked ball,  Tor  provides the costumes. It was a highly elegant and effective creation, so much so that even the people who built it didn't know how to break it** 

In many ways  Tor   was less a step forward than a return to an earlier era. For much of the Internets history, a users  online persona was linked only loosely, if at all, to his or her real world identity.

The Internet was a place where people could create new, more fluid selves, beginning with a handle pseudonym. Through much of 1990s, the Web promised people a second life.

But over time   -and in particular with the arrival of  Facebook   -our lives online have been tightly tethered to our off-line selves, including our real names. Now everywhere we go, we radiate information about ourselves-

Our browsing history, our purchases, our taste in videos, our social connections, often even our physical location. Everywhere but the  Deep Web.  

Why would the U.S. government fund the creation of such a system?

"Lots of reasons". The police could use it to solicit anonymous tips online set up string operations and explore illegal websites without tipping off their owners.

Military and Intelligence agencies could use it for covert communications. The U.S. State Department could train foreign dissidents to use it.

TOR is currently administered by a nonprofit organization based in Cambridge, Mass, and sponsored by diverse array of organizations including  Google  and the Knight Foundation. But as recently as  2011,  60% of its funding still came from the U.S. government.

The corruption of the  Deep Web began not long after it was built. As early as 2006, a website that came to be known as  The Farmer's Market   was selling everything from marijuana to Ketamine. It built up a clientele in  50 states and 34 countries before- A DEA lead team brought it down in April 2012.

The Deep Web isn't just a source of drugs: there is evidence that terrorists communicate through it and that botnets    -massive networks of virus infected computers employed by spammers   -use it to hide from investigators. Even now, it's the work of minute or two to find weapons on child pornography on the Deep Web.

In August, last year, the FBI took down  Freedom Hosting , a company specializing in  Deep Web sites, alleging that it was  "the largest facilitator of child-porn on the planet."  Its owner, a 28-year old is facing extradition.

But  Silk Road  was different. For one thing, it was more  discriminating : its terms of service forbade child pornography, stolen goods and counterfeit currency. For another, it didn't use dollars.... it used bitcoins.

When Bitcoin appeared in 2009 it was radically a new kind of fiscal thought experiment by someone known only as  Satoshi Nakamoto, whose true identity is still a mystery.

Bitcoin is both a payment  system and a currency that is purely digital.........it has no physical form. A Bitcoin's worth is determined by  supply and demand  and is valuable insofar as individuals and companies have agreed to trade it.

Bitcoin belongs to an era in which trust in banks and government have been compromised . Users can transfer them from on  digital wallet to another with out banks brokering the transactions or imposing fees.

The currency is completely decentralized    -its architecture owes a lot to Napster's successor, Bit Torrent   -and is based on sophisticated cryptography. Bitcoin is essentially cash for the Internet, virtually anonymous and extremely difficult to counterfeit.

The Farmer's Market was vulnerable because it left financial trace and tracks in the real world.

Silk Road just didn't. But  so we and they and everybody thought!

The Honour and Serving of the  "Internet-Web Operational Research"  continues. Thank you for reading, and maybe learning?

With respectful dedication to the Students, Professors and Teachers of the world. See Ya all on !WOW!   -the World Students Society Computers-Internet-Wireless:

"' Tor De Force '''

'''Good Night and God Bless

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


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