The Bizarre Schemes of the Silk Road Investigator Who Broke Bad 

Two former federal agents have been charged with fraud and money laundering while they were working on a task force devoted to bringing down infamous online drug bazaar Silk Road, and the charges paint a picture of a 15-year DEA veteran going rogue in such an over-the-top fashion that it's hard to believe this isn't … » 3/30/15 5:40pm Monday 5:40pm

Feds Charged With Stealing Money During Silk Road Investigation

Two former federal agents who investigated the Silk Road, the infamous online drug marketplace seized by the FBI in 2013, have been charged for their own outrageous digital crimes, including stealing money they acquired on their druggie undercover assignment. » 3/30/15 12:40pm Monday 12:40pm

Drugs or Anarchy? Deep Web Documentary Defends the Silk Road 

It took less than four hours for jurors to agree that Ross Ulbricht was the man behind the persona of Silk Road kingpin Dread Pirate Roberts, responsible for running an infamous online drug empire. It takes Deep Web, a new documentary about the Silk Road trial, less than two hours to poke apart the narrative… » 3/18/15 11:00am 3/18/15 11:00am

The Biggest Online Drug Market Just Vanished, Taking $12 Million With It

Evolution, the most popular online drug market since the Silk Road, has disappeared without warning. Users say $12 million in Bitcoin has also vanished. And it looks like a classic scam. » 3/18/15 10:35am 3/18/15 10:35am

Why a Silk Road Retrial Is Necessary 

It only took a few hours for a jury to convict Ross Ulbricht of running the infamous online drug marketplace Silk Road, so the urge to write off Ulbricht's lawyer's bid for a retrial as a desperate move is understandable. But desperate or not, a retrial is important, and it should be granted. Because the FBI evidence… » 3/09/15 10:40am 3/09/15 10:40am

You Can Bid on Silk Road Boss Ross Ulbricht's $11 Million Bitcoin Stash

If you've always wanted to dabble in cryptocurrency speculation but you were just waiting until you could acquire some Bitcoin that you knew was FOR SURE used in digital drug deals, I have some good-ass news for you: the United States Marshals Service is auctioning off 50,000 Bitcoins seized from Ross Ulbricht's… » 2/18/15 3:35pm 2/18/15 3:35pm

How the Silk Road Trial Could Lead to a Dangerous Legal Precedent

The Silk Road trial is over. A jury found Ross Ulbricht guilty on all seven charges, including money laundering, drug trafficking, and the "kingpin" charge. That's not just bad news for Ulbricht, who faces life in prison. His trial could help establish a dangerous precedent, which could allow law enforcement to… » 2/06/15 2:55pm 2/06/15 2:55pm

Ross Ulbricht Found Guilty in Silk Road Trial 

The Silk Road trial verdict is in: Ross Ulbricht is the drug-trafficking criminal mastermind Dread Pirate Roberts, at least in the eyes of the Federal Court of Manhattan. Ulbricht has been found guilty of running the infamous darknet drug bazaar. » 2/04/15 4:01pm 2/04/15 4:01pm

The Hells Angels Are Old Pros at Encryption 

The Silk Road trial is back on, and we still don't know if Ross Ulbricht is going to go down for the crimes of the Dread Pirate Roberts. Today, the trial focused on DPR's interactions with the Hells Angels, who he allegedly hired to kill a rogue drug vendor. » 2/02/15 3:35pm 2/02/15 3:35pm

A Friendly Reminder: Bitcoin Is Not Anonymous 

Hello my cryptocurrency-lovin' friends. I just want to have a casual chat, but not that casual, because I'm worried about some of you. Some of you who may be operating under the assumption that Bitcoin is anonymous. It is not. » 1/31/15 3:00pm 1/31/15 3:00pm

Feds Caught the Silk Road Mastermind With... A Google Search

"Dread Pirate Roberts," the mastermind behind the online drug market Silk Road, seemed like a smart dude. He amassed a multimillion dollar fortune in drug money in just a few years! And he did it using the deep web and cryptocurrency usually associated with sophisticated cybercrime. But if 30-year-old self-styled… » 1/30/15 12:15pm 1/30/15 12:15pm

The Silk Road Trial Lawyers Are Fighting Over Emoticons :0

Is there a difference between "Yep" and "Yep :)" when you chat online? Seems like an odd quibble to focus on during the biggest drug trial of the decade, but it's not trivial. The meaning of internet-speak cuts to the heart of the Silk Road trial. » 1/28/15 5:30pm 1/28/15 5:30pm

I2P: The Super-Anonymous Network That Silk Road Calls Home

The infamous Silk Road resurrected itself like a junkie phoenix this month, leaving its long-time residence on Tor for a new anonymizing service called the Invisible Internet Project, or I2P. News of the high-profile dark market's new address nudged the little-known I2P into the spotlight. Now, after a decade in the… » 1/23/15 12:00pm 1/23/15 12:00pm

Silk Road Reloaded Ditches Tor for a More Anonymous Network

Trying to shut down Silk Road, and any of its many-headed hydra reiterations, seems to be the ultimate lesson in futility. According to Motherboard, a new version of the online black market, called Silk Road Reloaded, launched today on the I2p anonymous network, dealing with several altcoin currencies. » 1/11/15 3:20pm 1/11/15 3:20pm

Business Is Booming for Evolution, the Weapons and Drugs Dark Market

When the FBI seized the Silk Road 2 and other popular darknet markets, it was a dark day for people who buy illegal shit online. But it turned out to be a great day for Evolution, the largest market that didn't get shut down in the raid. » 12/18/14 1:22pm 12/18/14 1:22pm

The Full List of Dark Net Markets Shut Down by Operation Onymous

Last week, a coalition of international law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and Europol, carried out a widespread digital sting, arresting the alleged operator of the deep web black market Silk Road 2.0 and seizing over 400 URLs of other darknet bazaars. At least 27 sites have been confirmed as shuttered. » 11/09/14 10:05am 11/09/14 10:05am

Silk Road 3 Is Already Up, But It's Not the Future of Darknet Drugs

There are three things you can count on in life: Death, taxes, and people buying drugs on the internet. Yesterday, the FBI seized black market website Silk Road 2.0 and charged the alleged admin Blake Benthall in federal court, trumpeting its bust with a sassy takedown notice. » 11/07/14 12:46pm 11/07/14 12:46pm

FBI: Shutting Down Silk Road 2 Was Just The Start

Earlier today, we learned that The Silk Road 2.0 has a new, fed-shaped landing page; but the FBI isn't just stopping at hitting one illegal online drug market: it looks like it's taking down everything it can get its hands on. » 11/06/14 9:30pm 11/06/14 9:30pm

The FBI's Silk Road Takedown Notice Is Sassy as Hell

Now that the FBI officially gets to add notch number two to their virtual-drug-empire-conquest belt, the feds are feeling sassy as all get-out. And they've got the jokes to match. » 11/06/14 12:21pm 11/06/14 12:21pm

Silk Road 2.0 Shut Down By the FBI, Operator Charged In Federal Court

Silk Road 2.o, the illegal drug marketplace that cropped up to replace the original has been shutdown by the FBI and its alleged operator has been charged in Manhattan Federal Court. » 11/06/14 11:19am 11/06/14 11:19am