Yesterday a mysterious poster offered the Kiwi Farms database for sale, “hypothetically”. In fact emails inviting bids in bitcoin have been circulating for some time, with the author suggesting they are willing to conduct the final transaction on one of the Darknet marketplaces. These are “reputable” markets for criminal goods, similar to the infamous ‘Silk Road’ where a third party holds funds in escrow until the vendor has proven they carried out a contract. Is it the real deal, however, or a hoax?
Who has a copy of the Kiwi Farms database? During the site’s recent closure, Joshua Conner Moon (Null) emailed me on 21/01/2017 to tell me this, “I don’t have a copy of the database but anonymous regents do. I don’t know any of them beyond their screen names. After you sabotaged a few server solutions I had set up, I created a living archive with a few people I called my regents.”
For Kiwi Farmers worried about the database, if you believe Null, he has put the database (including your futures) in the hands of anonymous strangers. Of course as Kiwi Farmers in good standing they are doubtless totally trustworthy. If we believe Null, even he cannot trace these people. So what happens if a ‘regent’ sells the database on /Baphomet/ or Hansa market? Answer – they get the money.