The representatives of nation-states often refer to their attacks on the crypto-heavy darknet as a war on drugs. In practice it’s a war on their populations, but there’s probably some benefit in playing along with the martial terminology. Let’s apply a little history – both the bang-bang kind and the crypto kind – to this Dutch/Fed/also-ran takedown of Hansa and AlphaBay.
The combination of improvements to the Bitcoin network and the integration of Tor in OpenBazaar could lower the costs and improve the security of shopping for illegal goods and services over the Internet through darknet markets.
Early Bitcoin developer and Dark Wallet co-organizer Amir Taaki shared some of his thoughts on the current state of the world’s first major cryptocurrency. Taaki discussed how darknet market Silk Road made Bitcoin popular and how the community needs to return to its ideological roots.
The TOR team are considering implementing some sort of DNS to create readable, memorable names for TOR sites. They have not yet made a decision about what system to use, but Blockstack is one thing under consideration.