I said I wasn’t going to give it any oxygen in my last post, but I really think it should be pulled apart for the appalling piece of journalism it is. Let’s have a look at Andrew Landeryou’s Vexnews piece, para by para:
Tags: dark web, darknet, drugs, Eileen Ormsby, Eiley, Silk Road, Tor
Tags: dark web, darknet, drugs, Eileen Ormsby, Eiley, online drugs, Silk Road, Tor
Last Wednesday I went along to sit in on the plea hearing of the first major Australian ‘Silk Road’ case, expecting to perhaps get a blog post out of it. I never expected what would come next.
The court heard evidence of 12 parcels containing drugs that had been intercepted between 27 March and 29 June 2012. In his opening, the defence barrister said he would be tendering a news article into evidence that he claimed led his client to discover Silk Road. I figured it couldn’t be one of mine, as the first time I had ever written about Silk Road was 27 April 2012.
The prosecution’s case covered:
Tags: dark web, darknet, drugs, Eileen Ormsby, Eiley, hacking, internet scam, online drugs, Silk Road, Tor
Ever since the suspected DDoS attack in November, the admins at Silk Road have been combating a number of different scams and attacks on the site.
It’s hard to tell whether this is a concerted attack by one group determined to piss the website off or each one is separate. The most pervasive ones have been:
Tags: dark web, darknet, Eileen Ormsby, Eiley, fake ID, Tor
Unless you’ve been under a rock, you would be aware that there are thriving underground black markets on the darkweb, offering everything from drugs to shrunken heads for sale. Many of these markets offer the purchaser a new identity.
The difference between buying drugs online and buying a fake ID is that the purchaser of the latter is forced to lose some anonymity. Drug purchasers can use a fake name and a ‘drop’ address, such as a vacant house where they can access the letterbox. When purchasing a licence or passport the purchaser can take the same precautions but must, of course, provide a photograph. So it’s no surprise that potential buyers are wary of anonymous sellers on black market websites. Most people assume the sellers to be scammers, whilst the more paranoid are concerned that law enforcement is creating a honeypot.
One such seller on a marketplace on the darkweb, frustrated at being stonewalled by suspicious potential purchasers, made me a startling offer – he would provide me a NSW driver licence for free to use in an article I’ve been researching on identity theft. An offer too good not to take up.
Tags: Australian Institute of Criminology, child abuse, dark web, darknet, Eileen Ormsby, Eiley, internet security, porn
When researching my story The New Underbelly, I wound up, as you do, with reams of information, the vast majority of which didn’t make it to the article due to space constraints or because it wasn’t what my editor asked for.
I briefly quoted Dr Bill Glaser (and I hope I did not misrepresent him in any way) but our exchange was significantly longer and I’d like to share some things I learned about child porn and contact child sex offenders.
Whilst I did visit many of the sites mentioned in my article – including some of the gateways to the child porn sites – I did not download any child abuse material, i.e. I did not view any pictures or videos. I have no interest in seeing such stuff for journalism purposes or otherwise.
Tags: Australian Institute of Criminology, drugs, ecstasy, Eileen Ormsby, Eiley, MDMA, war on drugs
I haven’t yet written a background blog to my latest Fairfax Feature, Dancing With Molly. If you happen to have come to my page as a result of that article, please have a quick look at a couple of relevant earlier posts:
Crap analysis shows wee problem with tough ecstasy laws – what happens when resources are directed into cracking down on MDMA? You create a crystal meth problem.
Why politicians and law enforcement should embrace Silk Road – to me, this is a microcosm of what life might be like with legalised drugs. Knowledge of what is in the drugs you are buying, cutting out drug-related crime in Australia (though sadly still propping it up overseas), eradication of violence arising from drug deals.
I hope to see an intelligent debate on drug reform in Australia. The fine folk at Australia21 must be incredibly frustrated to see their hard work and extensive knowledge ignored by the major parties.
Tags: dark web, darknet, Dread Pirate Roberts, drug website, drugs, Eileen Ormsby, Eiley, hacking, Silk Road
For two weeks, users of online drugs marketplace Silk Road have been unable to log in to the site more often than not, reporting timeouts, missing catchpas and other technical difficulties. Millions of dollars in Bitcoin has been inaccessible to the site’s thousands of members and trading has halted.
The reactions of the community have run the gamut from hopeful acceptance to threats of violence against the site’s owner, admins and other random anonymous people. Amazon has stocked up on pitchforks and tinfoil hats as speculation on the forum has reached fever pitch.
Here are five of the theories for its temporary demise, in one easily-digestible blog: