Bit Wasp aims to make it easier for someone to establish and operate a website like Silk Road, and make it possible for hackers to set up any number of Silk Road imitators.
“This is essential because, as with nature, competition will select for the best, most secure and most revolutionary marketplaces,” Heisenberg2.0 wrote.
It will make policing them much more difficult. The process will become like a digital version of Whack-a-Mole, with a new version popping up every time one is shut down, similar to the strategy adopted by The Pirate Bay.
If the sites want to stay secure, they may need to move away from the Tor network for anonymous browsing. The latest leaks from Edward Snowden reveal that the NSA and GCHQ have made cracking the Tor network a priority and view online anonymity as a threat to their mission.
What we’ve got here is another escalation in the ongoing war between the global hacker community and the global security apparats. I suspect that, long run, the security freaks lose. Governments are stupider than free people.