Pygmalion: What do you do out here on the Darknet?
Kaizushi: I call myself a devop. That is someone who works with developers to deploy their products. A developer writes code or automates processes. Perhaps you have heard of sysops, which are system administrators. The result is flexible services to run web application software from a variety of broad open source ecosystems.
Effectively, I am the one you call when you have or need software that you would like to run remotely, anonymously, and securely.
Pygmalion: What are your qualifications?
Kaizushi: The best thing about buying hosting and not doing it yourself, and the same is with my services. You can focus on your software, while I make sure the hardware runs smoothly and securely. Basically, within what I’ve allowed configuring the systems gives you the freedom as a developer to innovate without risk.
On top of that, it is cheap and efficient to pool resources. A hosting customer has a HTTP proxy to Infantile as basically a private exit to share for using APIs (such as ones protected by Cloudflare) that don’t work on Tor exits. The server itself is highly optimized and your hosting account has a lot more resources available than a VPS of similar price.
It’s not just my skill you’re buying, we have a team. I have pentesters, hackers, and others experienced with Hidden Services consulting with me, such as Cyrus. I have always been open to chat with critics about improving things.
Pygmalion: How do you run it?
Kaizushi: The hardware is best kept mostly as a mystery; however, I have a dedicated server in a secure location and it’s reasonably powerful. I have some other servers which are used to get daily backups. If something does happen to the primary dedicated server, I can get a new one online rapidly using the backups.
Pygmalion: What kind of customers do you accept and expect?
Kaizushi: Pretty much anyone, except for people in child pornography. I have a ‘violent politics’ rule of sort, which is mostly about terrorism. I have never had either sort use my servers. I mostly get business-oriented customers, both legit, and some in fraud. I do not do much about scams, because I don’t want to micromanage those sort of things. It is for the market and other services to decide what is good and bad, legit and scam, I try not to get involved. I am happy as long as people are not being exploited or physically harmed.
Pygmalion: Are you not scared to break the law?
Kaizushi: Not at all. I have things set up where I don’t even give the law much thought. All the laws outside this place, ‘in real life’ as people say, are corrupted and I offer a haven from that. The very purpose of what I do is to help people ignore the law as I do. And help protect freedom of speech.
Pygmalion: Laws are corrupted by whom?
Kaizushi: That is a really difficult question if I am not to give an obvious answer. I could say politicans but so might anyone. Though, to get philosophical the issue is that the law is upheld without consistency, from a mixed democratic mandate. The police enforcing it clearly get thrills from violence that corrupt them. The politicans sell society down the road for personal benefit.
Yet I don’t really think selfishness is the problem either. The problem is that so many out there in the world bend and flex, and I guess the simplest term for the problem would be hypocrisy. In this world people can bend and flex, but they can’t fool a blockchain and we can choose ourselves not to bend. Each of us that acts honestly here is rewarded, and Tor and such keep us safe despite the corruption out there in the world.
Pygmalion: Yeah, I’d say the main issue is that system relevant decisions are generally made based on uneducated opinions rather than axiomatic calculations.
Would you say you are part of a revolution?
Kaizushi: Yes, I think if I can provide a stable service, others get the chance to stand for longer. And it is a long battle ahead for freedom.
Most revolutions have been violent, and what we are doing on the dark web is actually far more peaceful. We win with honesty and consistency, and not brutality. It is clear to a lot of us that it will reduce violence. The more traditional kinds of revolution, some of those never end and we end up with massively organized tyranny and violence, like China and the Soviet Union.
In the case of what we are doing it is more about breaking the cycle than revolving it with blood (revolution) into a new form.
Pygmalion: I’d actually argue that a true revolution can only be accomplished peacefully. If we follow the reasoning of Karl Popper, who said that revolution is the dismantling of incorrect beliefs and creating better ones. We are building a new way of trade and exchange outside of the system. It is a prototype right now because there are many issues that need to be fixed. Scams and downtimes are big ones. Once these issues have been fixed, I am sure we will have more and more people coming in, even from more legal professions.
Kaizushi: I agree. What empowers the individual who is peaceful, regardless of their belief, is what is justice in this world. To put it in other words for the reader, destruction of existing systems creates chaos. Chaos is not revolutionary. Chaos is bad.
To be revolutionary there must be a better alternative in place that people will naturally be drawn to; thus, allowing a peaceful transition from a broken system to a new system. Much like many people transition from the Microsoft operating systems to the superior Linux open source operating systems. “Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage’s whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.” – Ayn Rand (For the new intellectual)
The success of Linux is actually largely from the creative and unique method by which Linus Torvalds decided to control his intellectual property. He revolutionized technology and here we are, taking it from there.
Pygmalion: Where do you think the Darknet is headed?
Kaizushi: Yeah, the predictions, as simple as they are, the justifications and reasons are complicated. A lot would need to be explained, but the predictions are about the future of the drug war and the dark web. There is a lot owed to our current cryptography by civilization, like actually being able to know that torproject.org is controlled. There is the possibility that some governments in fighting the dark web might make a serious attack on any kind of cryptographic trust being possible. In some parts of the world, in future there might only be cryptographic trust for those of us that exchanged public keys well in advance. I doubt it would happen to the whole world, but it certainly will happen to people in some of it.
Pygmalion: I think cryptography and open source will liberate the entire human race…
Kaizushi: In every war, some battles are lost.
Pygmalion: To drive my point home: Today a destitute guy in Africa still got a smartphone and a working internet connection. He needs cryptocurrencies because his country’s currency is based on complete corruption. The true revolution of cryptocurrencies is the replacement of failing currencies that are even more unstable than Bitcoin and Monero.
Kaizushi: The lack of a free society can mean one does not have the freedom to get an OS with integrity. Cryptographic trust implies someone gets an OS with proper SSL CA certs. Without that, they can’t actually use the real torproject.org, and get the real Tor browser. It is much the same problem as onion services face with cloners.
People with corrupted software, hardware or operating systems can’t actually know they are using the real torproject.org
To verify an SSL cert there are CA keys in our browser. If someone doesn’t have the real ones, then they can’t verify SSL. A lot is owed to torproject.org being recognized as property a
nd with LetsEncrypt having contractual obligations. For a long time, SSL certs were expensive and many referred to those who controlled it as the cert mafia. It is much the same problem as onion services face with cloners.
Additionally, we still rely on trust, even out here. My canary on my site, it would be worthless without my right not to incriminate myself, which in America is the fifth amendment. I can refuse to post that canary because of certain legal privileges.
Pygmalion: What happens when you’re busted?
Kaizushi: About that, I am not quite sure. I will cross that bridge when it comes to it.
What actually lays in my future in this jurisdiction is a takedown notice that has me flee the country like John McAffe, Andrew Aurenhiemer, or Vince Cantfield.
Pygmalion: Any last words for the reader?
Kaizushi: The world we desire, a world of prosperity and peace, is completely possible. It is an issue of philosophy becoming action. One can study and idea and promote it – but it is more important to integrate that idea with our lives and our actions. With cryptocurrency we are living in a time of oppertunity where we can benefit from living by the ideals we think are right. For a long time all we could do is say what is right. Finally, we have the chance to do what is right and be rewarded for it.