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FBI Shuts Down Silk Road 2.0

FBI Shuts Down Silk Road 2.0

by Brad MerrillNovember 6, 2014

A year after the U.S. government shut down the original Silk Road, an online marketplace facilitating anonymous drug and gun sales, they’ve just done the same to its successor.

The FBI shut down Silk Road 2.0 and arrested alleged creator Blake Benthall in San Francisco, charging him with a list of crimes including conspiring to commit narcotics trafficking, computer hacking, trafficking in fake IDs, and money laundering.

Like the original site, Silk Road 2.0 used Tor to disguise its origins and operators, but an undercover federal agent infiltrated the site’s support staff to communicate with Benthall directly.

Update (11/07/14): Police Shut Down 400+ Dark Web Marketplaces In ‘Operation Onymous’

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Brad Merrill
Brad Merrill is the founder and former editor of VentureBreak.
  • yardie

    Tor lol
    Only idiots think tor is secure

    • Joaquim

      It’s not because of tor that he got arrested. Read the news again..
      Neither was tor the reason last year on silk road 1.
      So i guess that makes tor pretty secure as it survived all these agencies trying to find it for a few years

    • david Thoreau

      Only an idiot would say that. Governemnt agencies all arpund the world including the u.s use tor because it is the most secure. You sre obviously naive and misinformed