DEF CON 21 - Unexpected Stories From a Hacker Inside the Government
bmanahan188at November 02,2015 It’s crazy to see the entire story behind the taking down of Silk Road, which was much more complicated than I realized. However, the success enjoyed by them for those years is certainly encouraging others to create sites of their own. What I’m interested in is how Tor, whose anonymity can be defeated in a very limited amount, will proceed into the future. With advancements in computing power and other research, eventually Tor will be unreliable. Will this mean the end of these types of truly underground digital market places? Or will a new system for anonymity evolve?
jhilldog77at November 20,2015 I like how the video was made; well done with a cool story and narrative work. Amazing to think how smart DPR was, yet he used us own personal name in several instances and logged into his own personal g-mail account. Great to see some good police work by the FBI, but if he had not made silly mistakes he still would be operating today. Also with the popularity of Silk Road, many copy cats will spawn as criminals will always try to find wayss to conduct business in the underground black market and try to stay one step ahead of law enforcement.
zsesayat November 22,2015 This video really baffles me and wonder if this is only for training purposes rather than reality. I am glad this guy was captured. But the questions still remains; who is out there that was this guy's partner from 'Silk Road'. And how is this going to stop. Like he said, "one man can invent another man can discover" Indeed this is a wise saying. And this brings the question back; would this ever stop?
brober15at December 01,2015 Ulbricht should have realized that as soon as someone discovered his true identity for blackmail that a team of investigators could do the same thing. I didn't know how many little mistakes he made, opsec is hard to do correctly. And all it takes is one mistake to get you caught. I do think there will be more darknet markets, but the thing about Ulbricht was that he was a true believer, not just in it to make money. There have been a few successors to Silk Road that scammed their vendors and users and then just disappeared. The anonymity works both ways, how can you develop trust in whoever is hosting the market if you don't know who they are?
tshafiat December 05,2015 They didn’t say how the FBI gained access to an image of the Silk Road server. Was it a CI or undercover, or was it someone making a deal that had been picked up on another charge? It is amazing how investigating relationships with social media bring about so many interesting correlations. Random searches and human error were also on the side of investigators, which is not surprising. Border searches can get lucky, and certainly humans make mistakes. This video was a great narrative of the cat and mouse that finally took down the Silk Road. IT also speaks to the proliferation of other such sites and the need to be diligent.