Rebuilding the Silk Road


Recently, Kofi Annan, former  secretary general of the United Nations, has said that the “repressive approaches to containing drugs have failed.”

And this could not be more true as Brian Anderson writes on Motherboard about how the Silk Road will never be shut down, since the Dread Pirate Roberts has made it possible to upload the site anew in just “15 minutes.”

It only took a month for the Silk Road 2.0 to go live after the now infamous Silk Road marketplace shuttered. One month. Should the budding deep-web bazaar experience the same fate as its predecessor, and be knocked out by authorities still whack-a-moling their way through the online front of the war on drugs, the Silk Road 3.0 would be up and running in 15 minutes, tops.

That’s according to the Dread Pirate Roberts, the pseudonymous head of SR 2.0. In what are arguably his most breathy public remarks to date the “new” DPR, who either cribbed his handle from the DPR of SR 1.0 fame or who is indeed the original DPR, opened up to Mike Power on his long-term vision for the site.

The exchange mostly finds DPR speaking of the need for such a peer-reviewed, quality-controlled service; if authorities come to their senses and start going after “real criminals”, DPR says, maybe then will his philanthropic intentions come to full bore. But if you were hoping for a glimpse at SR 2.0’s backend, for some word on how the site’s nuts and bolts have fallen into place, sorry. DPR is decidedly close-lipped.

And yet he does offer Power an illuminating hint at the regenerative nature of what stands to be the next Tor market kindpin (more on this in a moment). “You will hunt me  —but first ask yourselves is it worth it?” DPR asks. “Taking me down will not affect Silk Road ”, the administrator adds, as:

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  • Zenc

    I have concerns (completely unsupported by any known facts) that this Silk Road 2.0 is actually a Fed Op.

    • echar

      That is my exact thought.

    • DeepCough

      Honestly, I couldn’t help but think that of the Silk Road in the first place.

    • InfvoCuernos

      In light of all the “revelations” about intel gathering on the net, I’m a little surprised that anyone would take the chance in the first place. You know they’re watching you, keeping track of your online history, emails, and so forth. Why put your neck in the noose? Isn’t better to support your local market anyway?

      • echar

        In theory, it’s best to be the local market.

        • InfvoCuernos

          Just remember the lessons learned from Senior Scarface: don’t get high on your own supply.

          • echar

            How else would one afford their habit, in theory?

          • InfvoCuernos

            In theory, one would avoid developing a habit that needs to be supported.

          • frafri

            Completely Agree.

        • Calypso_1

          There is no local market. Only ‘audits’.

    • Dingbert

      The only safe course of action anymore is to assume everything on the Internet is part of a Fed Op. Because it is.

      • Zenc

        I think it was something I read on that said it best:

        “It’s not that the Internet is tapped. It’s that the Internet IS the tap.”

        • Anarchy Pony

          If I follow that link how many watch lists will I be put on?

          • Zenc

            I don’t really know, but I do know that we would be on those lists together.

          • Anarchy Pony

            I’ve been in worse company.

          • frafri

            tell who you are with and i will tell you who you are

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