FBI Shuts Down Silk Road 2.0
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.
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