Games Pirates Play

Posted: March 21, 2014 in Pirates
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Servers in North Korea, America (fuck yeah!) and literally in the clouds, buying their own country and winning an eBay bid to buy… well eBay. The Pirate Bay guys had some good times.

Sometimes Yo Ho Ho became Hee Hee Hee

Sometimes Yo Ho Ho became Hee Hee Hee

Last month I attended a Q&A session with the cofounder of The Pirate Bay (and User No.7), Tobias Andersson. He was one hell of a speaker and entertained the Melbourne Hack’n’Tell group for well over an hour, his speech peppered with jokes and wry observations.

Although Tobias answered questions on all manner of serious subjects thrown at him about copyright, the future of The Pirate Bay and government surveillance, he was most animated when talking about the fun times and practical jokes they played over the years.

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A surreal story has been playing out in the last 24 hours or so, ever since Newsweek promised the biggest story of the crypto-year. The unmasking of Satoshi Nakamoto. And the Real Satoshi may have just come out of the woodwork to respond.

50 minutes ago, this post appeared on the P2P Foundation forum, the same place Nakamoto unleashed his White Paper on Bitcoin in 2009:

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Most likely a joke on the part of the administrators of the forum. But what prompted the post? A series of events that have reached high farce.

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I have a new PGP key…

Posted: February 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

I have a new PGP key. It can be found in the ‘About’ page of this site.

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I took may Mac to the Genius Bar recently and the genius decided I need to do a full clean reinstall. I had done a Time Machine backup before going, so I didn’t think much of it.

Unfortunately, I foolishly neglected to export my private key to a USB before doing the reinstall. I thought I would get my key back by restoring from the backup. Newsflash: that doesn’t work.

So I can’t decrypt anything encrypted to my old key. Apologies for any inconvenience this causes.

SSBD had no role to play in the Silk Road marketplace where drugs were bought and sold.  He was a moderator of the Silk Road discussion forum, which had its own URL and was hosted on a different server to the marketplace. So why is the US so determined to extradite someone who may or may not be him?

Peter Philip Nash has been sitting in a Brisbane jail cell since 20 December 2013.

He is facing extradition to the United States to face allegations of narcotics conspiracy (maximum sentence of life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years); conspiracy to commit computer hacking (maximum 5 years) and money laundering conspiracy, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

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According to the US Indictment, Nash was known online as “samesamebutdifferent”, better known to Silk Road members as SSBD. SSBD was a well-loved moderator of the now defunct Silk Road discussion forums (new forums, colloquially known as SR2, have replaced the old). His job was to answer questions, explain the rules, move posts to their proper forum (with over a million posts, many were bound to wind up in the wrong place) and generally attend to banal administrative tasks.

In any event, Nash may or may not be SSBD.  But even if he is. What exactly was SSBD’s crime?

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Nod with the Bitchin’ Tar

Posted: January 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

Sorry I’ve been too busy to update my blog recently, but for now, do yourself a favour and head over to the Daily Dot, where the talented Patrick O’Neill has written up an astonishing story of Nod, Silk Road heroin kingpin, DPR confidant and Homeland Security informant:  The final confessions of a Silk Road kingpin.

 

 

Below is a message from Silk Road’s last remaining moderator, Cirrus.

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As my book deadline closes in really really fast, there are a few people I was having email correspondence with who used Tormail addresses and I’ve now lost contact. I really would like to hear from them again. And a few others to boot…

Help me get this Silk Road book finished!

Help me get this Silk Road book finished!

The rub is, I don’t want to name the three I most want to hear back from, because I promised I wouldn’t out them by username. So… if you think there’s any chance you might be one of the people I’m talking about, please get in contact soon! Think money laundering, security, moderating…

And it’s a long shot, but if Atlantis’s Loera and/or Vlad, or EnterTheMatrix or Tony76 (assuming you haven’t really been contract-killed) would care to get in touch with me I’d love to hear from you too. :)

Anyone else who has anything unique to share – especially ex-SR mods/admins or No.1 vendors or anyone who got arrested etc – who would care to get in touch, please do.

I’ve had an overwhelming number of SR buyers and sellers tell me their stories or offer to help and have tried to respond to them all, but if I missed you, please accept my most sincere apologies.

x Eiley