Cyrus' Blog

  • Brainwallets and captivity

    Submitted by Cyrus on Tue, 08/27/2019 - 16:54

    I have thought for a long time about what it would be like in prison. I have had nightmares ever since I started hosting onion sites. I'm glad to be out of that game but it could still catch me so I still worry. My greatest fear I know is shared by many: the stupidity of jurors in assessing a highly technical case, and also envious parasite co-prisoners, if the worst happens.

  • Self-incrimination and the canary

    Submitted by Cyrus on Fri, 06/14/2019 - 03:43

    One thing people wonder about a canary as assurance is that a person could be forced to publish a canary saying a site is safe that actually isn't. This is an issue in many places where you are under duress, however under most legal systems you can decline from doing this with your right not to incriminate yourself and your right to free speech. This only works however if the legal system remains intact and survives the war on drugs itself.

  • Acts of War against us

    Submitted by Cyrus on Mon, 05/27/2019 - 04:21

    It has been a tumultuous time over the past month. At first it looked like WSM was doing a big exit scam tired of mitigating DDOS attacks and such. It turned out they were compromised by LE and kept online as a honeypot for a couple of weeks. It bounced back when brave and patriotic vendors changed the featured listings on the site to tell people using it an exit scam was happening. That alone brought a lot of us to safety and away from the site.

  • Chaos and DDOS

    Submitted by Cyrus on Tue, 05/07/2019 - 01:24

    There has been a lot of DDOS on the darkweb, in fact it has to many seemed like a war between different markets and such. Yet now that for the last few weeks Dread has been a target it seems clear the attacker is trying to cause chaos on DNMs. It not merely an outage intended to drive people to alternative markets as one would usually think. In fact after the WSM bust, and I've not read the court documents but I believe the DDOS was part of a correlation attack intended to locate the servers for various markets. It has been very frustrating to all of us. 

  • We have a place for shilling yourself

    Submitted by Cyrus on Mon, 02/25/2019 - 11:38

    I created a forum on this site and have not had much exposure yet. I just cleaned a whole lot of spam out of the forums and cancelled spammer user accounts. If these spammers just put their products in a single thread on the appropriate Agora board in the forum. Instead, everything they post after three mouse clicks on my part is destroyed, users banned.

  • VPNs: why trust anyone?

    Submitted by Cyrus on Sat, 12/29/2018 - 07:19

    I was reading Deep Dot Web, forgive me, but I noticed an article on VPNs. It was alright on its reasoning for using a VPN to hide that you're using Tor. Though, it has a stupid list of good providers. I'll tell you a closely held secret: there are none. Something is yours if you control it as root/superuser. Every VPN provider for the general public is putting your data in the trust of someone else.

  • Operational vs generalized understanding of security features

    Submitted by Cyrus on Sat, 12/01/2018 - 07:04

    When considering security features, especially mitigations in the kernel and gcc, those deploying them can take them for granted. This is because of generalized assumptions about the power of the mitigations in preventing exploitation. A generalized understanding is one with mostly theoretical experience in programming and what that mitigations are about. To really appreciate security one needs an operational understanding.

  • The XMR future on the horizon

    Submitted by Cyrus on Tue, 11/27/2018 - 10:34

    Things are tight with the market for Bitcoin which continues to decline and it is linked in many ways through trading mechanisms to the value of other cryptographic currency. Such a trading mechanism would be the use of Monero in the washing of Bitcoin that many people do. The market fallout people assume will be supported by drugs and its not really talked about on the clearweb (get a fucking blog here) but I know traders personally who seem to feel that way, and the memes are there. Seriously yes, the memes are there with drugs being Bitcoin's price cushion.

  • Opinion, bullshit, and fact

    Submitted by Cyrus on Wed, 10/24/2018 - 02:18

    How does one know they have found factual knowledge? It is a question at the root of the link between our minds and reality. We are required to make choices on fact and finding that from perception. We can't see ultraviolet light, but the means to represent it in other ways upon detection exist to allow measurement of invisible light we know exists. We can thus know ultraviolet light but I want to be pickier than that.

  • Some things safer on the clearweb

    Submitted by Cyrus on Wed, 07/04/2018 - 10:03

    When it comes to OPSEC many like to keep their activity within their Tor environment. There is a new music streaming service based on the spotify API which sits behind a hidden service called ImuCast. Some might praise one for bringing entertainment to the dark web however I want to point some things out about this particular service. It uses a lot of third party javascript over the clearnet, and this goes over Tor exits. It does this a lot and its core functionality requires it.

  • Definition in personal identity

    Submitted by Cyrus on Wed, 06/20/2018 - 09:02

    A narrative of fictional nature can work with an identity as a sort of conceptual glue that holds together a coherent integrated personality. Basically, one can have a story for their pseudonyms to give themselves personality. One should have a name of significance and a persona that upholds certain values and perspectives. One can also have a story in narrative through fiction that makes an abstraction of what you represent with that identity.

  • Deep Cuck Web

    Submitted by Cyrus on Sat, 04/14/2018 - 05:34

    I was reading about the bust of Alexandre Sitnikov a russian deepweb drug Kingpin on deepdotweb. The article was pretty detailed but I don't like the second-hander wording of it. I find this is becoming common with DeepDotWeb: it uses the vocabulary of our enemies.

    He graduated from a technical University, is a fluent English speaker – but he failed to put skills and talents to good use.   

  • Being anonymous on the clearnet

    Submitted by Cyrus on Sun, 04/01/2018 - 17:31

    Keep in mind the semantics of opal hart's essay blog post early in the year Learning How to Learn regarding the differences between privacy and anonymity: "A commercial VPN is for privacy, while Tor is for anonymity." Tor provides access through a network of relays which don't reveal information to other relays. A VPN makes an encrypted tunnel to some other place on the Internet.

  • Obstruction of justice and crypto: a plausible defense

    Submitted by Cyrus on Wed, 03/28/2018 - 05:08

    I was reading DeepDotWeb and there was news a pedophile nubcake, little technical details were in it, however in the article there was the signs of someone who is absolutely finished. Files were recovered from one hard drive and as the article says there is a good chance they will find videos on a second drive. In this sort of situation someone could simply not hand over their passwords. However, that could open someone up to obstruction of justice.

  • Coming back for PVS

    Submitted by Cyrus on Thu, 10/12/2017 - 19:56
    -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----
    Hash: SHA256
    
    Hey,
    
    I am currently consulting people on some projects regarding Private Vendor
    Stores. There were security issues I've had in the past. In the past my stores
    were robbed. This caused me and my customers great pain.
    
    There are ways that could be prevented. In a PVS site, there is a "wallet.dat"
    file which is the encrypted bitcoin wallet.