Torrenting The Darknets

grarpamp grarpamp at
Sun May 21 18:50:04 PDT 2017

On Sun, May 21, 2017 at 6:55 PM, Steven Schear <schear.steve at> wrote:
> What I meant,  if you are holding and sharing an entire file of some really
> sensitive content and depend on networking technologies known or assumed to
> have flaws which can expose your IP address you have relinquished ability to
> deny it.

Yes, if the file isn't encrypted, of if rubberhose decrypt policies
are in effect,
and the pointer to your node strongly confirms presense or leads to inspection.

> Whereas is this content has been published, using something like Freenet, so
> no single user of the content distribution system has more than a fragment
> of that content and what they each have is not only encrypted (and you don't
> have the key) but its bit interleaved and your software has no idea what
> part(s) of the content you hold nor where those other parts reside (for that
> your software must possess the file's "treasure map" which can be closely
> held). This offers good plausible deniability.

Sure. File sharding is interesting obfuscation defense in depth,
but has *lots* of overhead. If the network is "flawlessly" encrypted
and anonymous, as well as the disk storage managed by its nodes,
it's probably not needed... users can insert / fetch, or run nodes, safely.

Descriptions also depend on if the design provides both transport and
user application all in one (Freenet, Mojo), or just rides on top of
an already secure transport network (Ricochet over Tor, IRC over I2P).

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