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post #34891 of 45290
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Originally Posted by aravenel View Post

Silk Road is (was?) an anonymous website where you could buy drugs. It was only reachable through an anonymous computer network called Tor, so, in theory, untraceable.
As it turns out, they were able to tie the work back to the guy running it and build a case against him over time. Apparently he was doing $1.2B/year in revenues, $80M profit, and contracted out at least two hits on people, though it is unclear if the hits actually happened.

wow.
post #34892 of 45290
Like I said, it's like a real life Breaking Bad. Pretty crazy, really.
post #34893 of 45290
Ah. I remember reading about it a couple of years ago.

He was arrested about a mile from my house, and he lives around the corner from a friend of mine.
post #34894 of 45290
I've been like exercising again and shit. Like feels real good having my muscles all sore and shit. Going to compete pro in summer. Shit yeah its cool.
post #34895 of 45290
Bro alert.
post #34896 of 45290
lol...does the FBI notice really say "Hidden Site"



Its no wonder it took so long for them to figure out how to do something about a very well publicized and easily accessible online drug market...sure, TOR anonymizes the internet traffic, and bitcoins anonymize the money transaction, but it doesn't do shit for the fact that people are actually mailing and receiving all manner of drugs via USPS.

Kind of sad actually. It wasn't hard to access but it looks like it required enough tech savvy and non-stupidity to actually transact on the site that the people using it were probably stable recreational users. You don't have junkies stealing shit for bitcoins...and the guys selling on the site aren't out trying to hook kids on the playground.
post #34897 of 45290
Hahaha, I missed that "hidden site" bit. That's hilarious.

Agree re: the users, but that's another story.

The interesting thing here is that it seems to be old fashioned detective work--they linked together accounts he was using based on slipups (i.e. accidentally posting possible identifying info from a "secret" account) to eventually track him down. No fancy IT cracking required.
post #34898 of 45290
It's resume review season and that means many lulz are to be had:

- turned an initial $500 investment into over $30,000 through trading and stock analysis

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post #34899 of 45290

When he was promoting the site in 2011 he posted to direct inquiries to RossUlbricht@gmail. That combined with his Twitter, Linkedin (which contained a cooky libertarian manifesto), and posts on Stack Overflow made it easy work to start a case. Also continuing to live in the United States despite amassing enough resources to go anywhere? The incompetence is strong with this one.

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a city sanitation guy knocked at my door yesterday and warned me that I have a HUGE hornets nest hanging off a tree in my backyard. I'm very allergic to bee/wasp stings.

I thanked him and said I'd find a landscaping or exterminator service to get rid of it ASAP and he was like: "No no, I'll take it down for you, no problem" and he (old guy in his 60's) gets a ladder and large burlap bag thing/contraption climbs 30feet up, duct tapes the nest's hole, then cuts it down, and takes it away for me in less than 15min.

I watched from far away with binoculars behind a window inside my house... like a little bitch. laugh.gif

i tried to slip him a $50 but he wouldn't take it.
post #34901 of 45290
There comes a time where the weakest part of a system is the Human who operates it. Once a system is fool-proof you have only to wait for a fool.
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ACIDBOY!! Y U NO SEE THE PICS OF SHOES I POSTED FOR YOU!!!!
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Originally Posted by EMartNJ View Post

When he was promoting the site in 2011 he posted to direct inquiries to RossUlbricht@gmail. That combined with his Twitter, Linkedin (which contained a cooky libertarian manifesto), and posts on Stack Overflow made it easy work to start a case. Also continuing to live in the United States despite amassing enough resources to go anywhere? The incompetence is strong with this one.

Makes me think it was intentional that they waited until he tried to order some hits on people. Now they aren't making this a libertarian drug control issue...they can still shut the site down but only have to convict on the attempt at contract killing.

Since it looks like they knew about it from the beginning from all the early slip-ups (not that the internet forgets some of these things),they may not have been super concerned about an online drug market for recreational nerds. Honestly, since it looks like his contract murder was faked...I'd venture to guess that this was probably one of the cleanest drug distribution networks ever. There's still a question of where the supply comes from, but the sellers on here did look like the same people who were selling it on the street.
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I would be curious to see some data on sales to know more about individual amounts vs people buying weight and how much of a market share weed had. I have a feeling there would be a trend towards people buying weight of things like cocaine, crack, and heroin whereas pot sales would be mostly in individual consumption sizes. In any case, we should move this discussion to CE.

post #34905 of 45290
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Originally Posted by LawrenceMD View Post

a city sanitation guy knocked at my door yesterday and warned me that I have a HUGE hornets nest hanging off a tree in my backyard. I'm very allergic to bee/wasp stings.

I thanked him and said I'd find a landscaping or exterminator service to get rid of it ASAP and he was like: "No no, I'll take it down for you, no problem" and he (old guy in his 60's) gets a ladder and large burlap bag thing/contraption climbs 30feet up, duct tapes the nest's hole, then cuts it down, and takes it away for me in less than 15min.

I watched from far away with binoculars behind a window inside my house... like a little bitch. laugh.gif

i tried to slip him a $50 but he wouldn't take it.
That's a very nice thing for him to do without expecting or taking any compensation.
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