Tor Project auctions first-ever Onion URL created, duskgytldkxiuqc6.onion as an NFT. Tor Project is commonly referred to as dark web, is a non-profit project that operates the decentralized network running on top of the Internet. It allows users to anonymously access websites and special Onion URLs (.onion) only accessible over Tor.
Web developers can create special online services on Tor which can only be accessed via the Tor network. It provides anonymity to the service owner.
Tor Project has created its first-ever onion service called Dusk at http://duskgytldkxiuqc6.onion. It is commonly used as an example Onion service in Tor-related documentation and help files.
Tor has auctioned RSA1024 cryptographic private key used to create Dusk along with a one-of-a-kind NFT art piece name “Dreaming at Dusk” created from the key by Itzel Yard (@ixshells) as part of its fundraiser.
The auction will take place on the foundation. app, the same platform where Edward Snowden NFT was recently auctioned for 2,224.00 ETH (~$7 million USD).
The winning bidder will receive the key on November 1st, 2021, while Tor Project has agreed to deliver it according to “The Owners” wish. It means the owner will get the RSA1024 private key of this onion service. The private key shall be sent to The Owners in any way preferred. In the form of an encrypted message over their protocol of choice, uploaded on a blockchain, or physically shipped in a USB stick or DVD drive.
The Disk Tor service currently reads “Following the receipt of the private key by them, the private key belongs to The Owners and may be used in whatever way The Owners find suitable. The Owners may contact us at dusk[at]torproject.org. The Owners may refuse to accept the private key if they so want.”
Tor is currently migrating the Tor onion services from version 2 to version 3, this means the auction winner will receive the private key for Dusk only after this migration is completed.
As a result of this, the winner will not be able to use the Dusk private key to host the Onion service and the key will be an artifact of Tor’s history.