There's no option for "here's a big load of child abuse images".
Seems like .onion/TOR is one big problem.
My understanding, by the way, is that one does not go looking for .onion websites. If you need to access one, you will know the URL already. That's kind of the point of them.
It was like Ebay/Amazon but for drug trafficking pretty much. I saw a few rootkits/0-days for sale there early on but that was about it. Prostution/human trafficking wasn't allowed on there, nor was the sale of guns or CP. In fact, it was suprisingly strict about the sort of illegal content that was allowed for sale, pretty much limiting it to drugs and fake ID only. I never bought anything from there and I'm glad I didn't, since even people who only bought legal stuff from there have been busted by the FBI in the time since the site went down.I had no doubts it was a real website, and truth be told I did believe there was drug trafficking and the selling of malware/virusses/rootkits etc. Even prostitution.
Can't say I honestly believed the 'assassinations for bitcoins' rumours, though.
After hearing about it back in 2011, I ended up doing a lot of research into how it worked because I couldn't believe people were able to so brazenly violate the law. It was really a very clever implementation of TOR/bitcoin, which I guess is why it was able to operate so successfully for so long. The reputation system for vendors was actually really effective at keeping scammers out of the site, and the login system used two-factor authentication to stop people from setting up fake SR websites to steal accounts. I don't think it was quite as big as the media likes to make out, though - there were around 150,000 users total in the end.
Edit: For some good ol' schadenfreude, the SR forums are still up on the .onion address they were using before the marketplace went down. If you take a look at them, you can see terrified vendors making posts like this:
How do you meet people to sell the stock you have left over since the site went down? I have over $5000 worth of product left over and I don't have many friends
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Maybe I'm being a tinfoil-hat-wearing, hype-believing git. Maybe. But given that I have no real reason to use TOR in the first place, makes no sense putting myself at risk.
Edit: As for the pushers with excess stock, maybe they should just split it up and mail it to their most loyal/best paying customers. Their customers are happy for the free gift, and they no longer have stockpiles of mysterious white powder that they need to shift. Everybody wins!
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Then it's the ol' 'dump it down the loo' trick, I'm afraid.
Hm, the more I discover about the inner workings of Silk Road, the more I understand why it became so successful. That's actually a good idea.
The dark web is something I've had a shufty at. Not very nice people out there. I've written about this stuff in the past on various blogs.
email@example.com). As with all things on the internet like this, the weak link in the security chain was the human at the top.
I doubt IWF will be able to do much as TOR is really hard to block? Just chuck the report at CEOP and they can deal with it. I'd say go to the Police but knowing this country they will probably start throwing accusations around to the CPS. :/ Just never go back there!
I've had a word with our CP lead and had to fill in a safeguarding form about it. I've also told someone at borough level about it, so they can warn off staff who may be inclined to play about with TOR.
And all their forms ask for the name of the child who is being abused. I don't know this. And it isn't just 1.
As for the throwing accusations. This is what I've been worried about. [Doesn't help that someone in this thread did it...]
And there's no [censored] way I'm going back there!
I've seen it mentioned before by the Police that they look for signs of someone habitually visiting a site. If a particular address is visited multiple times over a space of time, they can presume that it is someone who is seeking such material and will probably find more evidence on their hard drive to cement a prosecution. An IP address that visits once and never seen again would likely be ignored by the Police, especially if it is a site you wouldn't expect to find it on. But this applies to standard HTTP traffic, not sure how it'd apply to TOR.
But then again, I saw some downright petty stuff on jury duty for other non-tech offences. I also don't have a career in wearing a wig whilst being paid lots of money to argue with people in a wood panelled room.
Could also label the name field "Everyone"
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