In the four months that Assassination Market has been online, six targets
have been submitted by users, and bounties have been collected ranging from ten bitcoins for the murder of NSA director Keith Alexander and 40
bitcoins for the assassination of President Barack Obama to 124.14 bitcoins–the largest current bounty on the site–targeting Ben Bernanke,
chairman of the Federal Reserve and public enemy number one for many of Bitcoin’s anti-banking-system users. At Bitcoin’s current rapidly rising exchanges rate, that’s nearly
$75,000 for Bernanke’s would-be killer.
As Bitcoin becomes an increasingly popular form of digital cash,the cryptocurrency is being accepted in exchange for everything from socks to sushi to heroin. If one anarchist has his way, it’ll soon be used to buy murder too.
This is soo cool!
Pardon my morbid fascination but just imagine how clean the nigerian political system will be if this comes into the country. It would be so clean, it would be empty sef.
Agbada-wearing crooks in the NASS building will be a rare sight. Only the cleaners and clerks will be there. Aso Rock will be more like A**hole Rock. No more 20-car convoys, no more blocking of major routes because one sombori from gofment wee pass in the next two hours. No more stories of ‘missing’ money. Infact, no more stories! No more, no more, no more!!!
Haven’t they done more than enough harm?
Sanjuro’s plans go beyond raising the funds to finance political killings. He believes that if Assassination Market can persist and gain enough users, it will eventually enable the assassinations of enough politicians that no one would dare to hold office. Didn’t i just say that?! Woohoo! Sweet idea!
He says he intends Assassination Market to destroy “all governments, everywhere.”
“I believe it will change the world for the better,” writes Sanjuro.
it will jare my brother.
He shares his handle with the nameless samurai protagonist in the Akira Kurosawa film “Yojimbo.” He chose it in homage to creator of the online black market Silk Road, who called himself the Dread Pirate Roberts, as well Bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto. ”Thanks to this system, a world without wars, dragnet panopticon-style surveillance, nuclear weapons, armies, repression, money manipulation, and limits to trade is firmly within our grasp for but a few bitcoins per person. I also believe that as soon as a few politicians gets offed and they realize they’ve lost the war on privacy, the killings can stop and we can transition to a phase of peace, privacy and laissez faire.”
Like other so-called “dark web” sites, Assassination Market runs on the anonymity network Tor, which is designed to prevent anyone from identifying the site’s users or Sanjuro himself. Sanjuro’s decision to accept only Bitcoins is also intended to protect users, Sanjuro, and any potential assassins from being identified through their financial transactions. Bitcoins, after all, can be sent and received without necessarily tying them to any real-world identity. In the site’s instructions to users, Sanjuro suggests they run their funds through a “laundry” service to make sure the coins are anonymized before contributing them to anyone’s murder fund.
As for technically proving that an assassin is responsible for a target’s death, Assassination Market asks its killers to create a text file with the date of the death ahead of time, and to use a cryptographic function known as a hash to convert it to a unique string of characters. Before the murder, the killer then embeds that data in a donation of one bitcoin or more to the victim’s bounty. When a target is successfully murdered, he or she can send Sanjuro the text file, which Sanjuro hashes to check that the results match the data sent before the target’s death. If the text file is legitimate and successfully predicted the date of the killing, the
sender must have been responsible for the murder, according to Sanjuro’s logic.
See logic! If this isn’t brilliant i don’t know what to call it. Obama must be shaking in his boots right now.
Sanjuro says he’ll keep one percent of the payout himself as a commission for his services. Just reading about that coldly calculative system of lethal violence likely inspires queasy feelings or outrage. But Sanjuro says that the public’s abhorrence won’t prevent the system from working. And as a matter of ethics, he notes that he’ll accept only user-suggested targets “who have initiated force against other humans. More specifically, only people who are outside the reach of the law because it has been subverted and corrupted, and whose victims have no other way to take revenge than to do so anonymously.”
Don’t worry Oga Sanjuro, it will work. inspires queasy feelings or outrage my foot!