Date: November 7th, 2014
Filed in: Announcements, Frontpage

Darknet Markets (Silkroad 2.0…) takedown – analysis pending

Due to requests by our readers we will start investigating and analyzing the latest darknet market takedowns. This can take a while since data is still coming in and nothing definitive is known.

Stay tuned.

Tracking the Silk Road – Lessons for darknet services

On Oct 2nd 2013, a person was arrested in San Francisco (CA USA) who allegedly operated the darknet marketplace website “The Silk Road”. Shortly after, the Silk Road went offline.

Within minutes discussions on the Internet sprung up with thousands of people trying to cope with their loss, trying to make sense of what happened. Several “official” documents (a criminal complaint and an indictment) were released shortly after which, in turn, lead to commentators rushing to explain what stupid mistakes DPR – the Silk Road operator – had committed. Now, after a few days have passed, I’d like to give analysis a try myself.


Date: February 7th, 2013
Filed in: Announcements, Frontpage

Reaching us 24/7

Over the last few days our incoming gateways have been the target of a DDoS attack.However, we remain reachable anyways via the Tor and I2P darknets:

Tor:shadow7jnzxjkvpz.onion (or via if you have no Tor installed).

(or via if you don’t have I2P yourself).
shadowlife.i2p (or or or if you do not have I2P running)

Date: December 6th, 2012
Filed in: Frontpage, News
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News: Automated passport checks to be extended in Germany

The interior ministry of Germany announced that automated passport checks are to be extended to more airports

  • The system to be used is the EasyPass Gates system.
  • Travelers are automatically checked for height and a picture of their face is taken.
  • The picture then is checked against the electronic record stored in the passport, comparing the biometric features.
  • On biometric match, the passenger may pass without further contact with the border agents.
  • The core technologies used are biometric facial recognition and RFID of the passport.
  • No previous individual enrollment of the passenger is required.
  • After the system has been used in Frankfurt am Main, the airports of Hamburg, Berlin and Duesseldorf are to be added to the program.
  • The EasyPass system was developed by L1 Identity Solutions which is now part of Morpho, a subsidiary of the Safran S.A, a french multinational defense and aircraft technology provider.


Date: December 3rd, 2012
Filed in: Concepts, Frontpage
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Lessons learned. Anonymity – Online and Offline – Part IV

In the last three installments of this series we looked at the Theory of Anonymity, and what to expect of anonymity both online and offline.

Several conclusion can be drawn and turned into lessons on how to protect anonymity more effectively. This we are going to explore in this part of the series.