Articles Tagged: silk road

Website host Ross Ulbricht gets life in prison

June 2nd, 2015 | By Pirate

The Ross Ulbricht case that has created international headlines for almost 2 years now, since he was arrested in San Francisco for being the operator of the Silk Road marketplace has just came to a head last Friday when Ross was sentenced to life in prison.  The life in prison sentence was greater than even the prosecution was asking for.

After catching up on the case after being too busy to pay attention to this for the last year.  It is amazing how this man was convicted.  There was a lot of loose information, there were some federal agents involved in the setup, who were paid to infiltrate Silk Road, and then they were even indicted for corruption.   They did not reveal truthfully how they found the server in Iceland, and everyone who has analyzed the feds claims on how they found it, have completely discredited their explaination.

However beyond the fate of Ross Ulbricht, and I do hope he appeals.  The implications of this conviction sets a terrible precedence for service providers who host data on the internet.  It’s amazing that he can get life in prison for the actions of users on this site.

Do you think that could be referenced in future cases and be used to give life sentences to other hosting providers?

This is a very scary case.

Ref; Alex Jones  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VyHKiYOWfQ

Also reference this lengthy article that documents the known history of this case, and it is very enlightening (long winded, but great)

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/05/sunk-how-ross-ulbricht-ended-up-in-prison-for-life/

Privacy issues and a Tech Info Update on the TOR

May 30th, 2015 | By Pirate

After reading a few articles on this subject, after watching the big trial for Ross Ulbricht and the Tor network site “Silk Road”, I have started to research the layers of the onion, to try to reverse engineer how these vulnerabilities exist.
I don’t care if it’s black market cancer medicine, or a journalist who is sourcing anonymous tips, or whatever.  This TOR service is essential to freedom and the preservation of our liberty and it would be terribly sad to not identify the risks and the weaknesses of using this utility as to preserve it’s mission and purpose.

 

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/05/30/researchers_claim_tracking_hidden_tor_services_is_easy/

Also because there are vulnerabilities and privacy issues, it is worth a look at the TOR alternatives.  TOR (the onion routing network) is the most famous, but there are a lot of good alternatives.   With the right configuration, and potentially using multiple services combined, it could be possible to remain fairly anonymous.

The NSA and their activities have been ruled in a federal court as unconstitutional.  Ref:   http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/08/us/nsa-phone-records-collection-ruled-illegal-by-appeals-court.html?_r=0

But that does not mean that they have stopped gathering information.

So keep a wary eye on your data, and your privacy.   There are black hat hackers that are not necessarily “ethical hackers” and they are just as capable in some things as the NSA.   Check your security, check your privacy options, and stay stafe!

Learn more at our TOS page;  http://xcannabis.com/about/terms-tos/

P.S.  Im going to put this plug in, for free (Hey John McAfee, you can send royalties to 1DwPVVt6UZp8HrLtdrwBihf4qxQPVRxz73 )  JK

I recommend these tools by McAfee’s Decentral >  http://www.futuretensecentral.com/dcentral1

 

NJ Weedman gets his medicine by mail (Cannabis delivery)

August 27th, 2013 | By Pirate

I have been following NJ Weedman lately again.  It has been a few months since I have paid much attention to anything but healing from my accident.  But I have watched NJ Weedman as he has been getting treatments for his bone cancer in California, while living in New Jersey.   We had contacted Ed Forcion (AKA NJ WEEDMAN) in June when we were on our way to our new home on the east coast and we wanted to do an interview with him.   Ed agreed, and we told Ed we would pay him for his time.
When we got to Ohio, we started see how low our funds were, and how far we were from Maine.  So we told Ed we would have to reschedule.   New Jersey would have taken us several hundred miles out of our route.

Tonight I was able to send Ed $20, to try to keep my promise.  I figure it may come in handy during a rainy day when Ed is budless.  I sure wish I could send more.  I know Ed is overwhelmed right now with medical treatments, court cases, and activism.  As Ed often says “Activism doesn’t pay” and I know that all too well.   It was nice to be able to support a good activist and someone who has been very effective in promoting and using Jury Nullification.  Good work Ed!

Tonight Ed posted a video about how he had sent his medicine to himself from California to New Jersey and he displayed a video with all of his ganja treats..   This is revolutionary!   People in so-called “Dry states” can do this too, and there are many ways to do it.

First this is Ed’s documentation of this process:

See more at:  http://njweedman.com/

Now here is the nitty gritty of how this works for other people.

I have learned about several websites on the “Darknet” that you can purchase and have different illicit items shipped to you.

It is neither illegal to visit these sites, nor is it illegal to post about them.  But the legality of the items and the process in which the items are shipped is a different story.   Before I give any links to these sites or references to these sites, let me make it clear.

1.  You do no know who you are ordering from.  Be very mindful of that.

2.  You don’t know what you will receive in the mail or who will follow your package

3.  You need to be VERY careful of how you browse these sites and how you relay information over the internet.
With this in mind.   I am neither responsible for your orders, or your actions.  You take full responsibility!

However if you are a cancer patient and you need cannabis for medicine, I have no moral conflict with you ordering cannabis online to help treat your symptoms or in fact to even CURE your ailments with cannabis.   I lost my father and my grandmother to cancer, as well as countless friends and loved ones.

First is Silk Road Marketplace, which is one of the oldest sites for ordering medicine over the “Darknet”.

They accept bitcoin as payment and they offer both sellers accounts and buyers account.   You can learn more at Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silk_Road_%28marketplace%29

Forbes reports that Silk Road makes 22 million dollars in sales per year.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2012/08/06/black-market-drug-site-silk-road-booming-22-million-in-annual-mostly-illegal-sales/

Then there is a few smaller sites.  One that I have heard of is “Black Market Reloaded”, and I do not know much about it.  You will have to do your own research.

Another one that has made some recent waves over the last few months, and has gotten a lot of press is “Atlantis”.   Which is also an .onion website, and offers very similar services to Silk Road.  They are probably most well known as Silk Road’s biggest competitor.

Learn more about them at this link:

http://www.businessinsider.com/atlantis-drug-marketplace-2013-6

Now down to the security issue.   As NJ Weedman says, he does not have items delivered to his own house.  That would just be stupid.   So finding a drop location is going to be one of the most difficult problems with getting meds by mail.

It takes the TOR Network to even gain access to these sites.  The TOR Project is used by various private individuals, organizations and governments to provide concealed/anonymous internet browsing.   Learn more at their website;

http://torproject.org/

But many people have still been traced.  Recently several web hosting sites, and mail hosting sites were targeted by authorities and their owners were found and arrested.

Read this:  http://yro.slashdot.org/story/13/08/04/2054208/half-of-tor-sites-compromised-including-tormail

Many of these sites had illegal child porn or other related services on them, and it good that those people were blocked from injuring children.   However many legitimate services that activists, journalist and others rely on were also taken down at the same time, since it was a central hosting company that was providing service to these sites.

So I recommend to people to do many things to protect themselves.  On top of using the TOR Project, I recommend looking into an anonymous VPN service.  See more at this link;

http://torrentfreak.com/vpn-services-that-take-your-anonymity-seriously-2013-edition-130302/

It is also well known that using Windows in any sense will leave you vulnerable to attacks and exposing sensitive data.  So I recommend using linux, as well as a USB live linux OS like Tails.   Even if your computer is loaded with only one operating system, and that OS is a Windows version.  You can still bypass using windows, and boot in to a USB Operating system like Tails, which is designed to provide anonymity.

https://tails.boum.org/download/

And there are many others to choose from.

You may also want to encrypt your data.  TrueCrypt is known for being a free an effective way to encrypt your data.

See more here:  http://www.truecrypt.org/

That is the basics, and there is a lot more to it than that.   So do your own research.  DO NOT TRUST WHAT I HAVE GIVEN YOUR HERE.  There are always changing circumstances that may leave you vulnerable.   So rely on your own research and wisdom.

To see this on wordpress.com go to:   http://xcannabis.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/nj-weedman-orders-his-medicine-by-mail-you-can-too/    <  That is our backup site incase this site is having problems