Posted May 02, 2019 13:25:13The story of the “black hole” that created Silk Road is one of the most enduring mysteries in the history of crime.
Now researchers have discovered that it was created by an illegal marketplace.
The FBI’s Silk Road team has identified two sites that were created to allow users to buy and sell drugs.
But there was a third site, which was not designed for such activities, and that was the one that the Silk Road community first saw.
“The second site that was used for this illegal activity was an old black market that was closed down by the FBI and the DOJ,” the FBI said in a statement.
“It was shut down in 2013 after more than 25 years, and then re-opened by the US government in 2014.”
This site was created in 2015 as part of Operation Onymous, an FBI-led investigation into the dark web.
“But this was not the only site that the FBI was looking for.”
We were looking for an alternate site that wasn’t hosted on a US server, which we thought would be much more suitable for an investigation than the original Silk Road site, so that we could continue to investigate and bring criminals to justice,” the agency said.
The Silk Road was not a popular place to buy drugs, but it was popular enough to attract people to it, especially because it was run by the founder, Ross Ulbricht, a US-born computer hacker.
It was a marketplace for drugs, and there was plenty of money to be made.”
I have a great collection of drugs, all kinds of different drugs, a bunch of different things, and all the sites were looking to sell drugs,” Silk Road user Alex Dantus said.”
There was a lot of drug activity going on, so I would say at least 80 percent of the site was selling drugs.
“A year after Silk Road’s shutdown, Ulbrich was convicted of drug trafficking and sentenced to life in prison.
Since then, he has been in and out of the federal prison system.
Last year, he was found guilty of conspiring to distribute methamphetamines and sentenced again to life imprisonment.
But now, his case is going to the Supreme Court.”
He’s appealing that sentence, and the US Supreme Court has ruled that he’s a free man,” Silk Rduser, one of Ulbrith’s co-defendants, told ABC News.”
They said he has a right to a fair trial, and he’s got his day in court.
“But Ulbruth is not happy.”
His appeal is just going to go to the federal courts, and if he gets that, he’s going to do anything to get out,” he said.
But that could mean a lot more than a plea bargain.”
My guess is he’s gonna appeal the entire thing,” he added.”
And he’s very upset that the whole case is getting thrown out.
“And that’s why it’s so important that Ulbrth’s case is heard in court.
The US government wants to be able to shut down all Silk Roads.
But the US’s criminal justice system is already extremely restrictive, with many Silk Road users facing life in jail.”
People are being put in solitary confinement for things like online stalking, cyberstalking, extortion,” FBI agent Ryan Maue said.
If Ulbrght loses his appeal, he could face the death penalty.
And it’s unlikely that he’ll be able do anything about it.”
That’s one of my concerns, because I don’t think he’s ever going to see the light of day,” Ulbrheit said.
And now, he says he has nothing left to lose.”
Silk Road has been shut down.
I don, at this point, have anything to lose,” he told ABC.