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Anonymous "dimnet" tries to create hedge against DNS censorship

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posted on Nov, 20 2011 @ 09:02 AM

With concern mounting over the potential impact of the Stop Online Piracy Act and claims that it could make the Domain Name Service more vulnerable, one group is looking to circumvent the threat of domain name blocking and censorship by essentially creating a new Internet top-level domain outside of ICANN control. Called Dot-BIT, the effort currently uses proxies, cryptography, and a small collection of DNS servers to create a section of the Internet's domain address space where domains can be provisioned, moved, and traded anonymously.

How it works

Dot-BIT is derived from a peer-to-peer network technology called Namecoin, derived from the Bitcoin digital currency technology. Just as with Bitcoin, the system is driven by cryptographic tokens, called namecoins. To buy an address in that space, you either have to "mine" namecoins by providing compute time (running client software that uses the computer's CPU or graphics processing unit) to handle the processing of transactions within the network, or buy them through an exchange with cash or Bitcoins. All of those approaches essentially provide support to the Namecoin distributed name system's infrastructure.

Over 4,000 domains already registered (wonder if ATS is amongst them). It would require special handling from clients but if the continued threats against Internet persist this could be an option. The problem here is that the fundamental routing required is still publicly available via RIPE and ARIN, etc. This could be a new frontier for hardcore privacy advocates who do not want government meddling. It could also be a haven for the criminal underworld.



posted on Nov, 20 2011 @ 10:25 AM
reply to post by brill

Not anymore a haven for criminals than the currently existing darknets like Tor. This looks like a different spin on the darknet and is actually less anonymous than the existing networks.

From the article:

And since it lacks the anonymizing routing abilities of "hidden" networks like Tor's .onion domain, it won't protect the identities of publishers and users who visit sites that use a .bit name.

So say someone starts a pedophile ring on the new .bit network, even though their identity is protected in the beginning, any users that access those sites are not so protected.

I think this network was more of a stick-it-to-the-man move than anything. We'll see how it grows.

posted on Nov, 20 2011 @ 10:46 AM
what they really should be doing is generating a parallel DNS matrix that supports .com, .org, etc. having a custom .bit is fine, but we need a peer to peer authority that is managed by an NGO.


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