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10-02-2013, 09:36 AM #1
Silk Road Shut Down
FBI Shuts Down The ‘Silk Road' Black Market, Arrests Infamous Owner 'Dread Pirate Roberts'
Federal authorities said Wednesday they had seized a website that was considered one of the most popular places on the Internet for buying drugs and other illicit goods and services.
In a criminal complaint, the FBI said they had charged Ross William Ulbricht, also known as "Dread Pirate Roberts," with operating the site, "Silk Road," since January 2011.
Authorities said the Silk Road provided an online platform for drug dealers around the world to anonymously sell narcotics -- including heroin, LSD and cocaine. The Silk Road was also a "sprawling black market bazaar" for buying and selling other illegal activities, including malicious software used for computer hacking, authorities said.
The Silk Road has long been in the crosshairs of authorities. In 2011, Sen. Charles Schumer called the site "a certifiable one-stop shop for illegal drugs that represents the most brazen attempt to peddle drugs online that we have ever seen. It's more brazen than anything else by lightyears."
Ulbricht also asked one of The Silk Road's users to execute a "murder-for-hire" scheme against another user of the site who was threatening to release the identity of thousands of visitors to the site, according to the complaint.
Authorities have charged Ulbricht with narcotics trafficking, money laundering and computer hacking. The Silk Road website has now been replaced by a banner that says the site has been seized by the FBI, DEA, IRS Criminal Division and ICE Homeland Security Investigations, authorities said in their complaint.
Ulbricht was recently the subject of a profile in Forbes, where he told a reporter that he disguises his identity and the identity of his website's visitors through Tor, an anonymizing software that encrypts traffic by routing it through computers around the world
Source - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/1...n_4030750.html
10-02-2013, 09:50 AM #2
This is very interesting. Thanks for the share, Beav!
I'm glad this section is being semi-active!
The FBI will do anything to her rid of sites like this one..
10-02-2013, 10:09 AM #3
Ross William Ulbricht, 29 years old, evaded the FBI for years, he even gave an interview with Forbes (in august) before his arrest.
This is his Youtube account: http://www.youtube.com/user/ohyeaross
The affidavit: https://krebsonsecurity.com/wp-conte...lComplaint.pdf
Screenshots of his pictures on his facebook (which is down now): http://imgur.com/a/RlQH5
Annnnddd how he got caught:
- Someone was posting on different Bitcoin related forums seemingly trying to advertise the site. Interestingly enough, they were posting through Tor to stay anonymous.
- He included his email address at one point looking for an IT guy in the Bitcoin community to help with a venture backed BTC startup. The email address contained his name. This is the key evidence that lead them to him, the rest is just further proof.
- Through associated accounts tied to this email address as well as IP logs, they were easily able to find the internet cafe he frequented as well as a friend whom he lived with when he moved to San Francisco in 2012. Apparently the two even made YouTube videos together (Let's find this!)
- He posts on stackoverflow looking for PHP advice relating to Tor. He uses his real name but shortly afterwards changes it.
- They were also able to cross reference records showing which VPN he was using to access the site as an admin. He apparently used this VPN and coded Silk Road to automatically log him in as administrator.
- DPR refers to his time zone as PST, implying he's on the west coast.
- He is threatened by a large vendor that says they will leak other vendors and users name and address if DPR doesn't pay 500k.
- He tells the "leaker" who needs to pay his drug debts, to just get him in contact with them and he'll work something out.
- He gets in contact with them, and just asks them to get rid of the guy so he is no longer bothered by him. He also tries to get them to join the site.
- Later the original guy comes back and asks for 500k in BTC within 72 hours or else.
- DPR contacts the guys drug dealers again and asks for them to get rid of him, he doesn't care if it's messy. The settle on 1.76k BTC.
- However, this hit seems like it was faked since no murders were reported around the time and area of the hit happening.
- He then orders from the same guys that did the hit fake identification to purchase servers.
- The package is "randomly searched" as part of Canadian customs border security. We all know this "Random search" is BS.
- They contained several fake IDs shipped to a house near the PC cafe.
- The police go to his house where his roommates know him as "Josh". The pictures on the IDs match perfectly.
- He avoids answering the police but implies that they could, in theory, be bought online at a site called The Silk Road.
- The police now have access to his servers. The server contains his PMs as well as his entire financial history working with the site.
- The warrant is executed.
Official Discussion thread on Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/SilkRoad/comments/1nl7p9/sr_shutdown_fallout_discussion/
Last edited by Slowduck; 10-02-2013 at 11:54 AM.
10-08-2013, 05:21 AM #4
- Join Date
- Jun 2011
Kinda actually sucks. I had an account on this.. Never bought anything though. Just looked around to see what was on there,
10-08-2013, 06:29 AM #5
10-08-2013, 11:16 AM #6
old new is old.
i cri everytiem
10-08-2013, 11:20 AM #7
I've used it a bit, sucks though. On to the next one.
He was a cutie though ^ w ^
12-10-2013, 03:40 PM #8
I thought someone started it back up ?
12-10-2013, 03:47 PM #9
12-10-2013, 04:04 PM #10
Already, wow. That's fast.