The Feds are starting to identify and arrest Silk Road users

By David Tom
Oct 8, 2013
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  1. Last week we learned that the FBI brought down the infamous online drug market called Silk Road, along with its alleged owner, Ross Ulbricht. The website was touted as a relatively safe way to conduct otherwise shady drug deals, especially...

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  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,011   +683

    A line from the movie The Social network. "The internet is written in pen." It's becoming more and more true everyday. Anonymous online is an oxymoron.
  3. Acespaces

    Acespaces TechSpot Member Posts: 71   +6

    Don't know if should feel bad for the drug dealers or not.
  4. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 893   +98

    Please don't, these naive twits deserve to get caught, try taking the leg work out of selling drugs, despicable. As far as the Internet is concerned to me, what is said cannot be unsaid, what is done cannot be undone and all purchases are 100% traceable. I'd say good luck to those who took part in this, but I really hope they're all caught and fine at minimum.
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  5. Buying drugs off the Internet is about as smart as eating dirt.

    If you really want to purchase something illegal, there are cautious and sensible ways to do it while minimising the risk. The braggarts always come undone.

    Frankly, it's even less risky to ask a high-school student to help you out than buy online where there will always be an electronic trail, within TOR or otherwise.

    How dumb some people are constantly delights me.
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  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,751   +1,421

    You can say that again. Ohh wait, nevermind it still wouldn't make any sense.
  7. ..it was sarcasm, instead of just saying the obvious "I am constantly disappointed in (what I consider to be) people's increasing stupidity/selfishness/recklessness/thoughtlessness/younameitness".
  8. spencer

    spencer TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 204   +22

    If anyone was a big time seller or buyer they should have installed tails os to make sure they were completely covered from the prying eyes of the feds like dread said. Small time ops were all I feel the site may have been useful for in some cases. Mcafees device sounds very appealing; I wonder if the feds will ban it.Although I wonder if the feds were in the dev team for tails and secretly inserted backdoor code in it like many other programs/plugins.
  9. avoidz

    avoidz TechSpot Maniac Posts: 453   +53

    And they really expected to go under the radar?
  10. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 807   +91

    Cherry Pi... lol

    Pretty ironic "Winning the war on drugs" forum topic
  11. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    See the silk road users bought into the hype. I have said for years that NOTHING is truly anon on the web. I know this from my own experiences pre-web. Back in the day when it was all shareware and BBs. Even then, you could be identified. Given that information, why would anyone think they were safe online??
    I DO NOT feel sorry for the drug sellers. They took a risk, and in their business, that risk is going to cost them some jailtime. But they KNEW the risks when getting started. This should have been a common sense moment for them. If I sell something that is illegal,eventually I will be caught. I think that the users of silk road found that the internet was a great place to make sales in complete safety. Unfortunatly they were ONLY safe as long as the site was never found and cracked. They were safe from the ppl they were selling to, but not safe against their big brother.
    The internet is a great idea in both practice and in theory. But its ppl like the guy who ran SR who are changing the NATURE of the web. It used to be just online shopping and pron. Now its evolved into the database that it was intended to be. Along with online shopping and pron.
    We can connect with some of the farthest points on our globe with the web. I have online freinds from countries that I would have never had the chance to ever visit. Its a shame that it can be used in such a "evil" way. We as a whole, as a people and a species, need to learn and grow. But events such as the silk road go to show us that we have a long ways to go.
     
  12. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 807   +91

  13. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,751   +1,421

    That reminds me of a story I heard on the Radio one time. Someone goes in for auto services (which required identification) and then robs the place. The local authority were waiting for them at home before they got there.


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