The FBI raided The Silk Road, an Internet site where users could get their hands on illegal drugs or even find connections for other criminal activities. The Silk Road is shut down now as its owner, Ross William Ulbricht, faces charges. Ulbright, also known as “Dread Pirate Roberts” faces several charges according to Reuters via MSN on Oct. 2.
FBI agent Christopher Tarbell described Silk Road as “the most sophisticated and extensive criminal marketplace on the Internet today.” It seems thousands of drug dealers utilized the site until the FBI raided Silk Road. The site had been online since early 2011 and included not only drugs for sale, but tutorials on illegal activities, contact lists and even hit men for sale.
There are more than 900,000 registered users of the site and people used the Bitcoin for transactions. After the Silk Road was shut down, the Bitcoin values dipped a bit. Leading up to the FBI raid of Silk Road, investigators had made more than 100 drug purchases via the site. Dread Pirate Roberts, who started going by simply DPR, used a lot of technology to mask where and who he was, but the FBI eventually tracked him down.
Ulbricht's family defends him and his intentions, but it is pretty clear this was a massive site with sinister intentions. Where will the many users turn now that the FBI raided Silk Road and shut it down? There are other similar resources out there, it seems, but the black market of drugs and hit men seemingly will take at least a bit of a hit with Dread Pirate Roberts out of the mix.