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Silk Road Mastermind Ross Ulbricht Convicted of All 7 Charges
The case’s decision will no doubt be seen by many as U.S. law enforcement striking a significant blow against the dark web’s burgeoning drug trade. More broadly, the case represents the limits of cryptographic anonymity tools like Tor and bitcoin against the surveillance powers of the U.S. government. In spite of his use of those crypto tools and others, Ulbricht couldn’t prevent the combined efforts of the FBI, DHS, and IRS from linking his pseudonym to his real-world identity.

But Ulbricht will nonetheless be remembered not just for his conviction, but also for ushering in a new age of online black markets. Today’s leading dark web drug sites like Agora and Evolution offer more narcotics listings than the Silk Road ever did, and have outlived law enforcement’s crackdown on their competitors. Tracking down and prosecuting those new sites’ operators, like prosecuting Ulbricht, will likely require the same intense, multi-year investigations by three-letter agencies.

If the feds do find the administrators of the next generation of dark web drug sites, as they found Ulbricht, don’t expect those online drug lords to let their unencrypted laptops be snatched in a public library, or to have kept assiduous journals of their criminal conspiracies. The Dread Pirate Roberts’ successors have no doubt been watching his trial unfold and learning from his mistakes. And the next guilty verdict may not be so easy.
ross-ulbricht  silk-road  drugs  tor  dark-web  law  convictions 
february 2015 by jm
The FBI Finally Says How It ‘Legally’ Pinpointed Silk Road’s Server
The answer, according to a new filing by the case’s prosecution, is far more mundane: The FBI claims to have found the server’s location without the NSA’s help, simply by fiddling with the Silk Road’s login page until it leaked its true location.
fbi  nsa  silk-road  tor  opsec  dread-pirate-roberts  wired 
september 2014 by jm
How the feds took down the Dread Pirate Roberts | Ars Technica
Well-written, comprehensive writeup of the Silk Road takedown, and the libertarian craziness of Ross William Ulbricht, it's alleged owner and operator
silk-road  drugs  crazy  ross-william-ulbricht  fbi  libertarian  murder  tor 
october 2013 by jm
Silk Road busted
This is a pretty good summary of the salient points from the criminal complaint against Ross William Ulbricht -- I'd say it's pretty bad news for any users of the dodgy site, particularly given this:
"During the 60-day period from May 24, 2013 to July 23, 2013, there were approximately 1,217,218 communications sent between Silk Road users through Silk Road's private-message system."


According to the complaint, those are now in the FBI's hands -- likely unencrypted.
crime  silk-road  drugs  busts  tor  ross-william-ulbricht  fbi 
october 2013 by jm
Mail from the (Velvet) Cybercrime Underground
Brian Krebs manages to thwart an attempted framing for possession of Silk Road heroin. bloody hell
silk-road  drugs  bitcoin  ecommerce  brian-krebs  crime  framed  cybercrime  russia  scary  law-enforcement 
july 2013 by jm

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