The man alleged to be “Dread Pirate Roberts,” the founder and operator of the Silk Road?an online marketplace where bitcoins were traded for a range of goods and services, including drugs?was arrested by the FBI in San Francisco yesterday. The criminal complaint, released today, provides many details about how the site and its users relied on widespread anonymity technology, including Tor and Bitcoin.
What users who attempt to connect to the Silk Road marketplace see now (HT: Adrian Chen)
Many people that used bitcoins on the Silk Road marketplace seized by the FBI today could likely be traced.
Researchers look at social media to understand how updates and ?likes? differ between personality types.
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Network models famously fail to capture the dynamics of many real-world marketing campaigns. Now computer scientists say they?ve solved the problem.
“Computers are everywhere. They are now something we put our whole bodies into?airplanes, cars?and something we put into our bodies?pacemakers, cochlear implants. They HAVE to be trustworthy.”
?EFF Fellow Cory Doctorow
Cory?s right, of course. And that?s why the recent New York Times story on the NSA?s systematic effort to weaken and sabotage commercially available encryption used by individuals and businesses around the world is so important?and not just to people who care about political organizing, journalists or whistleblowers. Thanks to additional reporting, we now know it matters deeply to companies including Brazil?s Petrobras and Belgium?s Belgacom, who are concerned about protecting their infrastructure, negotiating strategies and trade secrets. But really, it matters to all of us.