SporeStack: Creating Anonymous, Disposable Servers

SporeStack: Creating Anonymous, Disposable Servers

Cloud computing, containerization and virtualization will soon completely replace hardware infrastructure. This is because the hardware infrastructure

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Cloud computing, containerization and virtualization will soon completely replace hardware infrastructure. This is because the hardware infrastructure is bulky compared to the intangible qualities of ‘serveless architecture.’ Service providers such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, DigitalOcean, Vultr and Linode have the ability to launch and destroy servers using the disposable architecture without incurring large costs. This architecture also allows developers to perform simple functions.

McKinney’s SporeStack

Teran McKinney, a system engineer who operates in Texas has launched a service that will take disposable architecture to another level. This service called SporeStack, gives developers the ability to deploy servers (paid for in cryptocurrency) anonymously. SporeStack, launched in January 2017 is a JSON API specially for launching servers.

McKinney has developed a Bitcoin-based payment processor known as coinfee.net. Developers pay Bitcoin through this processor when they want to purchase a temporary server. One need only to key in a few command line instructions to access the temporary server.

SporeStack can create a server that lasts a maximum of 28 days usually hosed by Vultr. It is important to note that although the servers are hosted by Vultr, there is no need for a Vultr account. The anonymity makes the service more expensive than if one just held a standard Vultr account that costs $5. A 768 MiB SporeStack server for 28 days costs under $10 yet there is no sales tax like in Vultr.

Spammers

There has been concern raised as the SporeStack users do not give any personal information. This can lead to spammers taking advantage of this by launching malicious servers. McKinney said there was no reason for concern as it would be quite expensive as spammers usually don’t like paying. Bitcoin lacks built-in transaction reversibility and this makes certain types of fraud difficult. McKinney said that he heard no reports of misuse so far.

Every individual is required to pay upfront as there is no trial period thus the spammer risks to lose a lot if the server is shut down because of spam.

Anonymity Vs Convenience

SporeStack has does not use Tor-level kind of anonymity. This means that if the software is launched without a Tor or VPN, the device’s IP address could be logged somewhere. McKinney insisted that he does not log IP addresses.

SporeStack is gives the user convenience as one can spin up servers without the need of an account. SporeStack can be useful in network testing especially in another geographical area. The software can also be used for creating a VPN for a day when working in a place with WIFI security issues like a coffee shop.

Future of SporeStack

The developer of SporeStack intends to launch a site that uses the software to build a server personalized for the user, and then sends the user’s browser a configuration file for OpenVPN. The OpenVPN will therefore connect the user to the server. This service will however cost around a dollar daily.

McKinney also sees SporeStack as an avenue to enable development and infrastructure scaling without incurring large amounts of capital. The developer also said that one could even use a coinfee split payment that will pay for the server. He also wants to completely eliminate the idea of accounts, passwords and associated database in some areas. Large technological companies are also exploring disposable servers as it gives them the ability to delete and create servers instead of upgrading and maintaining them.

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