Five grams of “Highest Purity Cocaine — Direct From Colombia” were listed on sale for $488 in bitcoins.
You could’ve gotten 100 grams of “Afghan Heroin Brown Powder” for $4,555.
For $2,414, you could get a fake Danish passport. A faux New Jersey driver’s license — hologram included — would’ve cost you only $98.
Once purchased, your bitcoins would go into escrow. Once you received your goods, the money would’ve been released to the seller.
It was like eBay, but with (nearly) all things illegal. And it spanned over 10 different countries.
And, of course, it was beyond the state’s reach. No taxes. No regulation.
It was an anarchic underbelly of the Internet.
Its name? Silk Road.
And before the FBI got involved and shut it down, the world was a safer place…
In October 2013, the FBI shut down the thriving online black market…
In the 2½ years it was running, the agency estimates it did about $1.2 billion in sales.
And our arbiters of the law nabbed them. And seized almost $30 million in Bitcoins.
But the FBI didn’t have very long to celebrate its bust…
It took only a month for another opportunist to revive Silk Road — dubbing it Silk Road 2.0 — and get the black market rolling again.
Soon after its reopening, the successor was already making $8 million per month through illicit drug sales.
And after a long, drawn-out (and probably heinously expensive) investigation, the FBI did it again…
Early this month, the FBI seized Silk Road 2.0.
“Let’s be clear,” Manhattan U.S. attorney Preet Bharara wrote in a press statement, “this Silk Road, in whatever form, is the road to prison.
“Those looking to follow in the footsteps of alleged cybercriminals should understand that we will return as many times as necessary to shut down noxious online criminal bazaars. We don’t get tired.”
The FBI has a lot of work ahead of them, then.
See, they hoped that by shutting the two Silk Roads down, they would plug the hole in the booming online black market.
Not a chance. The online drug trade has morphed into a Hydra. Cut off one head, she grows three.
Since the first Silk Road was taken down, dozens of sites have popped up in its place.
And there are no signs of this trend stopping.
“Just before it was shut down,” Christopher Ingraham writes in The Washington Post, “Silk Road, along with three similar sites, had about 18,000 drug items listed for sale — everything from marijuana to ecstasy to heroin.
“By April 2014 — six months later — there were 10 darknet markets listing 32,000 drug items for sale.
“By August of this year, there were 18 darknet marketplaces with 47,000 drug listings, according to data compiled by the Digital Citizens Alliance.”
[“Darknet,” if you don’t know, simply means a network with restricted access mainly used for illegal file sharing or black market sales.]
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