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Security / Re: The big elephant in the room with PGP
« on: October 15, 2013, 06:19:27 am »
Unles StExo (who we know to be very well versed in all things security/PGP) volunteered his communications with DPR to the feds because of some sick fetish to get himself in trouble (SARCASM!).. they definetly had DPR's key or passphrase..

tl;dr - the feds read encrypted messages meant for dpr

There's one other scenario here that hasn't been addressed yet.

Its also possible that StExo encrypted his communications with DPR, and DPR either
1. Stored the unencrypted text somehwere the feds had access to
2. Replied to StExo, or forwarded the message to someone else in plain text, quoting the original message.

Sounds stupid, I know. But DPR also made other seemingly retarded miscalculations. Its not entirely out of the question

DPR did keep logs of discussions in plain text. I'm not getting into it in major detail here, but to claim that DPR's PGP was compromised is an assumption. Rather unlikely. He absolutely kept conversations and correspondence that were initially fully encrypted both ways in plain text somewhere. Why? Only he can answer that question.

I had several conversations with him.. in which he was pasting parts of his conversations with others and/or discussing matters that I am prepared to bet my kidneys HAD to have been encrypted at some point due to their sensitive nature. And he replicated them in plain, clear text.. in real time, rapidly. Leading me to believe they were stored somewhere in plain-text simply for easy access.

This was not on the market site either. Meaning he was saving things and/or at-least partially leaving certain data unencrypted, somewhere.

To speculate this was cracked or that was hacked and this was key-logged is premature and pointless. Perhaps he was decrypting communications and leaving the clear text, hypothetically, in his Tormail (operating under the assumption that it was safe)? Perhaps he was not encrypting everything. I know for a fact that at times he was extremely cautious to encrypt.. and other times he was very laid back in his approach.

You must all realize that the Dread Pirate Roberts account has not signed into the forums since the night before his arrest. If the authorities had all his passwords and keys, they'd have logged in at some point as him and saved every single tidbit. The fact that "his account" hasn't logged in means there is much that the authorities do not have/he's not giving. The password to his encrypted BTC wallet(s) being another example.

This entire debate of PGP vs no PGP is rather pointless. PGP can and will save you to the extent that the keys/passphrases are not compromised, and to the extent that you are not leaving docs and data decrypted lying around thinking "that day" will never come.

It came.

Security / Re: Hey New DPR, read up on operational security
« on: October 14, 2013, 03:25:54 am »
She is not annoying. She is a very well spoken, well researched, unbiased journalist who is far more versed in Silk Road then any writer/journalist/media personality that I have found who claims themselves as an "authority" on Silk Road/Dread Pirate Roberts.

I know for a *fact* that Dread Pirate Roberts was rather candid (and guarded) with her in their correspondence and I for one will be purchasing her book when it is released. From what I understand, she does not "make a lot of money talking about Silk Road" in the least.. and a lot of her research/efforts come from her own pocket. That said, I hope she does make a lot of money from her book, as she deserves to.

Silk Road Discussion / Re: Donations to the new SR
« on: October 14, 2013, 02:05:42 am »

Security / Re: Hey New DPR, read up on operational security
« on: October 12, 2013, 07:11:08 am »

I thoroughly enjoyed this dieAntwoord. Excellent points.

Silk Road Discussion / Re: Servers?
« on: October 12, 2013, 07:00:23 am »

Lots of people were close to the old DPR, and I could very well be bullshitting.. so nice try. And being close could mean anything from being bedfellows, to simply being interested in the same sport and chatting about it from time to time. That's "close" in my book.

2nd, my discussions with the new DPR have had nothing to do with security measures/implementations. More like pleasantries, and I have surmised he is a technically proficient man/woman who is extremely intelligent.

Some people make connections and assumptions when there really aren't any.

Silk Road Discussion / Re: Servers?
« on: October 12, 2013, 05:46:41 am »
I'd like to chime in here. Based on my discussions with the current DPR, I am confident that while nothing in this world is infallible.. the servers and security of both the marketplace (to come) and the (current) forums are probably as solid as can be. Much more so then the last go, and absolutely unparalleled to competitors. People learn from the mistakes of their predecessors.. and I can vouche that this DPR while extremely close to the previous DPR, is more competent with security. (No offense to previous DPR.. there is nothing but love for him/her. I will not refer to that DPR as Mr. Ulbricht until and if he is convicted).

Take my word on it folks, I was very close to our former captain and the current DPR is well aware of that. I wouldn't be here for a minute longer then necessary if I felt it was an effort lacking rock solid security measures.

That being said, never, ever, EVER forget to use PGP when discussing anything transactional, identifiable, or order related. Ever.

Silk Road Discussion / Re: FBI Notice
« on: October 12, 2013, 04:51:10 am »
They left out "alleged". It really irks me to see a man who is innocent until proven guilty, be referred to as if he is a convict. LE or troll.. remember this man's status is currently "innocent awaiting trial".

Very important.

Well, exactly. And this case is going to come with enough twists and turns that even Hollywood couldn't write. Oracles know things, hence they are oracles.

Hopefully. Most likely.

One can be interested in expanding their wealth and also in revolutionary ideas simultaneously. There is no ban on both at the same time.
I know that it will make no difference to most of you, but it would be in good form to use the word "allegedly" before Ross Ulbright's actions (in relation to activities by Dread Pirate Roberts). Ross Ulbright is innocent until proven guilty, and it would be a good habit to get into ".. allegedly Ulbright did such and such".

Since this case involves the Internet and Silk Road, it's forums (past and present) and quotes (both private and public) by Internet handles.. one would be foolish to think that the prosecution and law enforcement will not be combing these forums and approaching people in hopes to get something on Mr. Ulbright and this case in general.

They will not be going after small time buyers. Small time buyer demographic is middle/upper-middle class white male.. who can afford a good attorney who will get the case dismissed for variety of reasons (no drugs on site, nature of TOR allows anyone to order anything to anyone, etc). That will not happen.

Big time buyers, who are re-sellers IRL (or even online) if identified, will have their information handed down to their local law enforcement (if at all).

Big time vendors.. a few more are coming. In fact, a few have already been busted, it just hasn't made the news yet :)

Silk Road Discussion / Re: What happened to Oracle?
« on: October 11, 2013, 09:30:48 am »
I think I'm well aware of whats valid and invalid. It's been taken up with the necessary parties.
I will keep you all informed as/if needed.

Silk Road Discussion / Re: What happened to Oracle?
« on: October 11, 2013, 03:56:41 am »
I'm here. I'm a bit busy..I'll address this once and for all later in a few hours.

Silk Road Discussion / Re: What happened to Oracle?
« on: October 11, 2013, 02:56:29 am »
yes my posts were deleted, but I asked them to be.

I think I may have been a bit rash in running to the forum with a bunch serious allegations. I think all the stakeholders involved have the benefit of our community at hand.. and sometimes people are wrong. Don't crucify me. SteXo is a good guy.. and no offense Stex.. but I'm not convinced you'd even be cut out for the new DPR role! That being said.. "new DPR" sat myself and Stexo down to work out our grievances in private. What Stexo has said is true.. and without saying too much, I'll offer this. He was offered the job of site and forum admin.. and has for the time being turned it down. Why? I don't know. I hope he does continue to help behind the scenes though.

To the "new DPR".. if I caused any unnecessary trouble on the forums.. I apologize. I understand you've got nothing but the community and the old DPR's safety/reputation at the top of the list.

Wish I had something more juicy for you folks..

Silk Road Discussion / Re: What happened to Oracle?
« on: October 10, 2013, 10:26:26 pm »
Oracle is right here. He just went to sleep my friend.. he wasn't assassinated.

And he's in communication with all stakeholders, discussing the past of SR, the future of SR, the benefit of this community and the benefit of all stakeholders (if that makes any sense).

No I haven't been bribed off, killed off, or deleted off.

I think we all have been through some crazy shit in the past week.. and a lot of us who might/might not have been close to the last DPR just want to make sure that the community's (AND LEADERSHIP)s best interests are paramount.

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