Weekend tech reading: The man behind online black market Silk Road

By Matthew
Aug 18, 2013
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  1. An entrepreneur as professionally careful as the Dread Pirate Roberts doesn’t trust instant messaging services. Forget phones or Skype. At one point during our eight-month preinterview courtship, I offer to meet him at an undisclosed location outside the United States......

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  2. spencer

    spencer TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 204   +22

    I hope that man is never caught;a sign of the times.
  3. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 803   +201

    The best ones will never be known or caught. The corrupt way of doing things goes both ways...Uncle Sam has scouts in the public, and we have scouts working for Uncle Sam.
    What goes around comes around.
  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,011   +683

    Actually they're almost all caught eventually. I think there's only one mob boss in the history of the modern mafia who's died outside of prison after the age of 50 or something like that.

    This Silk Road guy might have a chance though if he's true about making sure no one knows who or where he is. Almost every leader of a criminal enterprise is caught the same way... they catch a lower level dude, threaten him with prison, and he flips. That's worked on La Cosa Nostra all the up to Lulz sec. If this guy wants to stay free he has to be anonymous to absolutely everyone.
  5. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 803   +201

    Lol. Umm no.
    What?
    The amount of mafia/criminal related types outside of prison FAR OUTWEIGH the ones that are in. We catch very few compared to whats out there in any organized crime ring.
    Sorry to burst your "Were safe and everything is ok bubble", but behind the curtains of this world there is another one. Better for some people to just keep pretending its being dealt with or it doesn't exist, whatever helps ya sleep.
  6. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TechSpot Guru Posts: 629   +115

    Frankly, I would hate to be him. To not be able to act freely and develop meaningful relationships with people because of your incriminating actions would be hell. That goes for anyone who builds their entire life on a foundation that is illegal. The deeper they go the more they create their own prison imo.
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,759   +1,421

    So the Facebook team has learned if they ignore bug reports, the said individual might in good intentions violate the terms of service and void the reward offered. Another negative mark (you can make it a pun if you wish) against Facebook.
  8. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,011   +683

    So deep within the reaches of the dark web there is another world where criminals run free and everyday people fear for their lives? Is this a movie promo now?

    How could Silk Road possibly keep me or anyone up at night? Just the knowledge that some people *gasp* do drugs?
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  9. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 803   +201

    I was referring to the organized crime rings when you made the ridiculous comment about a mob boss.
    As far as silk road, thats only what we know about. The best ones are unknown and basic sheeple like us will never know whats going on behind the scenes. You don't need to get upset over the fact that you don't really know or have the slightest clue what is really going on in this world, and don't pretend you do, it makes you look very silly.
  10. It was hardly just a drug market site, you could get anything from handguns to AKs or even a hitman to go do it for you. They also sold fake US passports, US driving licence with holograms for most states and more or less anything short of a nuke or scud missile, what fun terrorist would have if they got out of their cave and worked off there. They could be in the US in a week or two and have access to all kinds of weapons. And thats the truth


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