Posts Tagged ‘war on drugs’
Tags: Bitcoin, dark web, Dread Pirate Roberts, hacking, Inigo, injustice, Libertas, Peter Philip Nash, Silk Road, SSBD, Tor, war on drugs
Tags: Bitcoin, dark web, darknet, Dread Pirate Roberts, drugs, Silk Road, Tor, war on drugs
I owe much of this post to the work of Nicolas Christin, the researcher who previously provided the analysis of Silk Road’s income. He is much cleverer than me or you. Give him a follow on @nc2y
One of the most dramatic revelations to come out of the New York Criminal Complaint in relation to Ross Ulbricht, the alleged Dread Pirate Roberts, was that Silk Road had enjoyed a turnover of $1.2 billion since its inception 2½ years ago, which equated to a commission of $80 million for its owner.
Actually, that’s not exactly what the document said. What it said was:
Tags: Bitcoin, dark web, Dread Pirate Roberts, drugs, Ross Ulbricht, Silk Road, Tor, war on drugs
There are certainly winners from last week’s shutdown of Silk Road, the online black market where every illicit drug imaginable could be bought at the click of a button. But it’s not a win for the War on Drugs, nor for people affected by drug addiction, or for the Australian taxpayer. The people who will welcome the FBI’s seizure of the site most enthusiastically will be bikie gangs and other organised crime involved in illegal drug importation.
Back when I first started reporting in the mainstream about Silk Road, I wrote a post, ‘Why politicians and law enforcement should embrace Silk Road‘. I argued it was a safer alternative than the current model and reduced the violence associated with the illegal drug trade.
Now that Silk Road has been closed down and hard-earned tax dollars all over the world are being spent busting computer nerds, amongst the hyperbole and hysteria that comes from much of the mainstream media, there are some commentators piping up with the same arguments. Because they make sense.
Tags: Bitcoin, dark web, drugs, Eileen Ormsby, Silk Road, Tor, war on drugs
Hey, if the person who emailed me an encrypted message headed “Scoop” and said they wouldn’t be going back to that email addy could re-send it, I got a Decryption Failed (no public key) error. I need your public key. Use the safe-mail addy in my About page if you want.
I have a new feature in The Age today. Of course, I’d really like you all to go out and buy the paper, but if you can’t do that, here’s a link to the online version: The road’s closed to these drugs. Or below is the TL;DR version.
Tags: dark web, darknet, drugs, Eileen Ormsby, Eiley, Silk Road, Tor, war on drugs
In Puberty Blues (the book, not the movie or TV show), there is a classic line where the protagonist’s mother warns her not to sit on the aisle at the movie theatre because “some pusher might come along and jab god-knows-what into your arm”.
Growing up I was always being warned about malevolent people who would seek me out and trick me into trying drugs, providing them for free until I was hooked. Then they would charge extravagant prices once they had me in their evil clutches. We had police officers coming to school to scare the bejeezus out of us with descriptions of the tricks they would use, disguising them as lollies, or jabbing us unexpectedly, with one hit leading to a lifetime of addiction and certain early death.
Tags: Customs, dark web, darknet, drugs, Eileen Ormsby, Eiley, internet scam, online drugs, Silk Road, tony76, war on drugs
The most successful Australian vendor on Silk Road has conned their customers out of tens of thousands of dollars
Aussie vendor EnterTheMatrix had a simple and effective business model. Purchase Australia’s most popular party drugs from overseas vendors on Silk Road, add a 400% markup and resell them to Aussie Silk Road customers. Although there were plenty of grumbles about the prices, those who wanted their drugs quickly (ETM sent by Express Post) and did not want to take the risk of importing via Customs (legal consequences are much harsher when ordering overseas) begrudgingly paid a premium. After all, it was around the same as street prices and at least the quality of the goods tended to be consistently high.
Tags: dark web, darknet, drugs, Eileen Ormsby, Eiley, Paul Howard, shadh1, Silk Road, Tor, war on drugs
If small-time drug dealer shadh1 had purchased his drugs from Australians, his jail term would be less than half what he received.
As a drug dealer, shadh1 was really really bad at his job. One of the key performance indicators is an ability to stay off the radar of law enforcement authorities, who are obliged to arrest and prosecute people who sell drugs to other people when they find out it’s happening.
Shadh1 failed miserably at the whole stealth thing. He allowed customers to pass on his phone number to complete strangers for the purposes of ordering drugs, kept every single incriminating text message ever sent or received and left all the paraphernalia that screams ‘drug dealer’ strewn around his house. He ordered drugs to his home address and his own name from countries from which mail is known to be more heavily scrutinised. When twelve pieces of mail went missing, he just kept ordering more – to the same name and the same address – without stopping to wonder what happened to the ones that never showed. He created a vendor account on the most famous online black market in the world, choosing an unusual username – the only other place it could be found was on his BMW’s numberplate.
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, drug website, drugs, Eileen Ormsby, online drugs, Silk Road, Tor, war on drugs
Tags: dark web, darknet, data retention, Eileen Ormsby, internet security, invasion of privacy, privacy, Roxon, Silk Road, Tor, war on drugs
Last month I published a piece in The Age about the ‘dark web’ – sites that can only be accessed through anonymity software.
What became lost beneath graphics of demons emerging from computers was a line I wrote in response to proposed legislative changes that could lead to the web history of any device connected to the internet being logged and retained for up to two years for law enforcement purposes:
“But such measures will have no effect on those who conduct their criminal activities on the Dark Web because nothing is logged — there is no history to keep. And some argue such measures will cause more people to seek out anonymity services — the same services that provide access to the Dark Web.”
In researching that article, I spoke to many people – university professors, a representative of Tor and law enforcement – who agreed that the measures proposed by Roxon are a ‘feel-good bandaid’ rather than an effective tool to catch criminals.