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Silk Road 2 and other dark net markets downed by FBI

Running an online drug marketplace like the Silk Road is always going to be a risky endeavour. Not only does it make you the head of an organisation that makes millions through facilitating the sale of substances deemed illegal in many countries around the world, but its mere existence is a …

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Ex BitInstant CEO pleads guilty to unlicensed money transfer

The one time CEO of Bitcoin exchange company BitInstant and (now ex) member of the Bitcoin Foundation, Charlie Shrem, has pleaded guilty to US charges of unlicensed money transfers, after it was alleged that he had attempted to sell over a million dollars worth of bitcoin to the original Silkroad …

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Silk Road drug marketplace reduced violence, claims study

Despite the efforts of the media and government officials to tout online drugs marketplaces as the new frontier in the “war on drugs,” fraught with hackers, scammers and other dangerous individuals, it looks like switching trading cash for drugs in a car park to doing so from the comfort of …

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Tor drug markets just got their own search engine

Have you ever found yourself flitting between Silkroad, Cloud Nine, Outlaw, Mr Nice Guy or any of the many other online drug marketplaces and you just can’t find what you’re after? Well now it’s gotten a lot easier, as there’s now a search engine that checks all of them for …

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Silkroad 2 hack turns vendors into dealers

The history of online drug marketplaces, darknet markets, tor markets, however you want to term them, has been a rocky one. While the original Silkroad had a very long run, it was eventually downed by old fashioned police work, then its successors fell to hacks, scams and exponential growth and …

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Meet the owner of the new Silk Road – DPR2

If you’ve followed the story of the tor accessible marketplace Silk Road, you’ll know all about its closure last year and the arrest of the alleged owner, Ross Ulbricht. However it didn’t take long after that initial shut down for other sites to take its place, one of them being …

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US authorities may flood Bitcoin market with Silk Road coins

Back when the US federal authorities busted Ross Ulbricht, the alleged Dread Pirate Roberts and founder of the Silk Road online drugs marketplace, it also seized almost 30,000 bitcoins that were sitting in the site’s digital vault. Back then, those coins were worth $140 each, so around $4.2 million. An …

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Silkroad’s DPR 2.0 enters ‘exile’

The administrator of the second iteration of drug marketplace Silkroad, Dread Pirate Roberts, (DPR) has entered “exile” according to another of the site’s admins, DefCon, who in a lengthy blog post over the weekend talked about the problems that was causing, as well as the solutions his team had come …

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Three more arrested in Silk Road case

Ross Ulbricht might be the alleged captain of the now sunken ship that is the Silk Road drugs marketplace (well, there is version 2.0) but he wasn’t the only one that worked on it. Now another three have been linked with Ulbricht and have been charged with money laundering. The …

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SilkRoad drug marketplace rises from the ashes

It’s only taken about a month, but on top of original competitor sites scooping up big handfuls of old members, Silk Road has returned in its 2.0 form, bringing with it some simple changes, but largely sticking to the formula in the hope of bringing back old vendors and customers …

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Tor usage trebles in mid August

Use of the anonymising Tor network has increased exponentially in the past couple of weeks, leading to not only the highest tracked user numbers since the birth of the service, but the largest growth spike too, leaving many people wondering what’s been behind it. One of the suggested reasons, are …

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