Chaotic Times on the Dark Nets
bill.stewart at pobox.com
Sun Feb 16 19:12:17 PST 2014
At 08:39 AM 2/14/2014, Robert Hettinga wrote:
>On Feb 14, 2014, at 10:34 AM, Martin Becze <mjbecze at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Decentralized hosting/computing would be nice and solve these issues.
>Need bearer cash for that. :-)
Not really - Bitcoin's sort of close enough to bearer cash for paying
but the scenario we've been looking at was
- Hosting accepts bitcoins (or bearer cache or whatever.)
- Narcs harass hosting provider in lieu of actual operator
- Hosting provider rolls over, lets narcs bug the system
and/or hosting provider's billing system
- Bugged system hands the operator a bugged PDF along with
the bill, or some similar trap
Even a hosting provider who accepts digital bearer cash and gets paid
in advance is going to do billing.
I'm a bit skeptical about how you do distributed hosting adequately here,
though perhaps Tahoe with enough users would work.
Obfuscating the location of the hosting is easier,
but somewhat-distributed hosting is going to just mean that there are
a bunch of hosting providers,
each of which accepts some kind of bearer payment and has some level
of willingness to narc on users.
Maybe 90% of the providers won't narc on their users, but that means
you need to be safe against the other 10%.
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