FBI Says It Located The Silk Road By Exploiting A Login Page Error
While the FBI has already seized the Silk Road and sold off its collection of ill-gotten Bitcoin, it’s not over yet. Ross Ulbricht—the marketplace’s alleged creator—still has to face trial, and his defense is doing its best to discredit the FBI’s evidence.
Specifically, they have accused the bureau of locating the Silk Road server through illegal means. The FBI claims that the IP address of the server was “‘leaking’ from the site due to an apparent misconfiguration of the user login interface by the site administrator.” In other words, they exploited a glitch to get a location out of the server.
If this rebuttal is accepted, it will dismiss the defense’s accusations that the FBI used the NSA to illegally infiltrate the server to determine its location, ensuring that the FBI’s evidence will be admissible in court.
The FBI’s full rebuttal is embedded below.