The Race To Silk Road 2.0 – Eight Sites Battle It Out To Become The Internet’s Go-To Drug Site
“With the open beta just a couple days away, I wanted to get everyone up to speed on applying for a > vendor account.
Currently it is not possible to automatically sign up for a vendor account. This is to prevent vendor spam, as vendor accounts will be free during the beta. To apply for a vender account you will ether need to message me or reply to this topic.”
With over fifty replies so far and joke listings starting to appear on the site it looks like they won’t have any problem moving forward onto the next stage of the project which I assume means handling real orders once the site has been tested to be secure. I managed to register an account there and buy a few fake items, While the project has lots of work ahead of it the decentralized wallet idea is at least innovate and the site works pretty well which I must say is impressive for a two week turnaround and considering they have a community of 500 members already I’m sure things will progress quickly. Silk Road [2.0] (Working title) Link: Eta 1- 2 weeks before live Discussion Forums: http://silkroad5v7dywlc.onion This seems to be the project to watch over the next weeks as the team who worked behind of the old Silk Road (Did anyone every believe it was just one person) regroup and try to implement all the ideas that were shelved to focus on keeping the old pirate ship afloat, Now with time on their hands they seem intent on ensuring when they do return that the new marketplace will be just as revolutionary as the old one was when it launched over 2 years ago. Nothing has been officially released yet but it seems the new site will also be TOR based since an open job application posted on the forums states they are looking for somebody to manage high bandwidth [TOR] relays funded by Silk Road leading me to believe this is to directly counter a possible threat posed by NSA TOR traffic analysis which was revealed as a potential weak point just recently via Ed Swowden leaks. In any case nobody is taking chances and the new DPR seems to run a tight ship.
“I have taken steps the previous Dread Pirate Roberts wouldn’t have even thought of so you may rest assured, you are in the hands of a technically competent expert.”
While nobody knows who’s the new face behind the pirates mask or if it’s even one person, Speculators say it’s well known contributor to the old forums “StExo” who was very active in making sure vendor PGP contact info could be collected in one place and had previously made many security audits and backups of the site should anything happen. In his opening address on the new forums DPR goes on to state
“As everyone is now aware, the previous Silk Road has fallen. For law enforcement worldwide this was a small victory for them where they would receive a pat on the back from their superiors and maybe a good Christmas bonus coming up for them. However, what law enforcement has failed to understand is the consequences of their actions. Silk Road is not one man. Silk Road is an idea, and where Silk Road now lies is in the people who made it what it was and it is those people who will, with a little help, bring the idea back to life again under a new name. We are not afraid of our governments, and we never should be. I hope this next phase in the life of the Silk Road is going to be just as interesting, just as productive and just as helpful as the last one was and we will move on from the individual man who started the idea to produce a new site for the free exchange of substances and materials.”
Vendors from the old Silk Road will be allowed to sign up for free provided they can prove a link to their old identity on the SilkRoad forums, While It’s honorable they will allow vendors to link their accounts from the previous site maybe new public identity’s would be advisable considering how some vendors may have been compromised as I discuss in a previous post. Anyway this looks to be the site to watch and as things start to take shape the new DPR’s tone is certainly becoming confident, hopefully that means we can expect a release very soon. New DPR aiming high The new Dread Pirate Roberts says anything less than doubling silk roads previous business would be a disappointment to him Budster Link: ajd4yqq7ngzmqo3p.onion Discussion Subreddit: http://www.reddit.com/Budster Perhaps somebody was listening when I posted that a cannabis only marketplace would attract a lot less heat from law enforcement but that’s essentially that’s what Budster is. The website didn’t exactly blow me away and is basically a customized wordpress install with the Woocommerce plugin handling transactions but Budster aims to be a simple concept whose main benefit it seems is the claim you will never lose any funds again due to a site-outage or shutdown since payment is made directly to from customer to vendor with the customer releasing funds to the seller via a unique code when the product arrives and in the case of a dispute Budster will intervene. If they can prove themselves as legitimate the site could do reasonably well as a niche cannabis market but in its current form won’t be scaling up to Silk Road levels in the near future. Right now they have four “hand picked” vendors on board and anyone who wants to sell there has to meet their standards for quality and customer service. Time will tell if it’s a success or not, credibility is an issue at the moment but if they keep can bringing on board verified ex Silk Road vendors maybe it has a chance to stand in the shadows of the big players. Budster Budster might be one of the more “simple” marketplaces but there not exactly selling crack cocaine either Deepbay Link: ajd4yqq7ngzmqo3p.onion Discussion Forums: http://dbfrmwvtxmiz2vmz.onion Links for this site have been spamming up message boards for sheep and other marketplaces these past couple of weeks which doesn’t make the best first impression to me. I’ve not seen too much action there but it does seem the owners are also working on rolling out a new version of the site which according to a post on the forums should be released any day now. Deepbay 2.0 to be launched any day now according to the site owners. Deepbay 2.0 to be launched any day now according to the site owners. The site itself doesn’t look bad and is easy enough to search and navigate through but it’s seriously lacking in vendors right now with only about 200 listings on the entire site. One other thing that bugged me when I first checked it out was at least one of the vendors was a known scammer from another site, It seems they have now been removed but after a bad first impression I didn’t stay too long. A screenshot of the product pages of Deepbay A screenshot of the product pages of Deepbay Other Notable Sites That Deserve a Hat Tip Silk Road Reloaded: Link: Not yet live Wiki: http://www.reddit.com/SilkRoadReloaded/ Nothing much to show yet but the project wiki is very interesting and if it’s to be believed we should see something very soon, What’s interesting about this is they hope to launch it on the I2P network only which in simple terms works just like TOR but instead of communications being bounced through several nodes everybody connected to the network IS a node so in theory it should make the network much more secure but at the expense of being less user friendly than TOR. From what I read on the wiki this could bring something new to the table so is worth keeping an eye on. Drug Market: 4yjes6zfucnh7vcj.onion Not seen any updates or admin communication so maybe it’s fair to say this is a scam or ghost town In conclusion, whats clear to me right now is the less tech savvy customers seem to be moving over to Sheep while those who vote for reputation over function are moving to BMR. Right now there is no clear cut winner and with many more holding out for the new Silk Road it’ll be quite a while before any market leader emerges. Lastly some security advice, If you’re going to use any or a combination of these sites make sure to use a unique username/password combination on each, after all would you trust your real life drug dealer with a spare set of keys to your house. There are way too many Phishing sites out there trying to pose as legit ones in order to harvest your username/password in the hope you will use it on other sites as well where they can then do real damage Another thing to keep in mind is while many of these sites are unproven and will remain so for some time so don’t hold bitcoins in your account that you can’t afford to lose and less money on the site creates less incentive for owners to cut and run should they feel the heat is closing in on them. After looking through all these sites and projects that must be consuming every waking hour for dozens of people it’s seems what the old Dread Pirate Roberts said about the power being in the idea seems very very true.
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