DPR’s Silk Road Account Logged Into Weeks after Ulbricht was Arrested

The controversy surrounding the arrest of the Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht continues as yet another spanner is thrown into the works.

This time, it comes in the form of a discrepancy, which reveals that the Silk Road founder’s forum account, Dread Pirate Roberts or DPR, had been accessed about six weeks after Ross Ulbricht had been arrested for masterminding the dark web drug bazaar.

If this found to be true, this new revelation could have an impact on the Silk Road mastermind’s case.

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Three Possible Scenarios

The Dread Pirate Roberts account was apparently being accessed by an unknown individual six weeks after Ross Ulbricht’s arrest.
The Dread Pirate Roberts account was apparently being accessed by an unknown individual six weeks after Ross Ulbricht’s arrest.

Speculation about who exactly could have had access to the administrator’s account has birthed three conceivable possibilities.

It could either be a law enforcement agent involved with the Silk Road investigation, someone who had access to the investigation or alternatively, another Silk Road administrator.

The third outcome is bound to cause quite a few ripples and it will likely tear open this case.

However, the first outcome looks highly likely especially after newly found evidence points to there being a third agent involved in the fraudulent activities that took place during the investigation where two federal agents were arrested and charged with stealing bitcoins.

The Unknown Third Party

In a letter filed with the office of the US attorney in Maryland, Joshua Dratel, the defense attorney of Ross Ulbricht, spoke at length concerning the third suspect in the incidences of corruption during the investigations.

Dratel’s letter divulges that the third suspect (the person who was manning the DPR forum account after the arrest of Ulbricht), who is still at large, sold information concerning the investigation to Dread Pirate Roberts and later attempted to cover up their tracks by deleting the evidence.

Silk Road Admin Account Accessed Six Weeks Later

Someone Accessed Silk Road Admin Account While Ulbricht Was in Jail
Someone Accessed Silk Road Admin Account While Ulbricht Was in Jail

Ulbricht was apprehended and placed into police custody on October 2, 2013. Although the Silk Road site was down, the forums kept going until last November 22, 2013. According to forensic analysts, the last time DPR’s account had been logged into was on November 18, 2013, about six weeks after Ulbricht had been incarcerated.

As expected, this new discovery has thrown a shadow of doubt over the evidence used in the Silk Road case and called to question Ulbricht’s life imprisonment sentencing based on evidence with such discrepancies.

Lindsay Lewis, Ulbricht’s other defense attorney, expressed her conviction that an unknown third party, possibly the real mastermind behind Silk Road, had been accessing the account in the absence of Ulbricht.

In fact, the mastermind’s defense attorneys had argued that Ross Ulbricht could have been framed to take the fall for the real DPR during the Silk Road’s trial.

Government Involvement is Highly Unlikely

Although Ulbricht’s laptop was seized, his defense attorneys were skeptical of whether the government had managed to obtain Ulbricht’s login credentials in order to access his account.

They spoke about the cropping discrepancies that keep poking holes in the Silk Road case and explained why they had not been able to bring it up during the trial.

According to Lewis, at the time, they had been handed six terabytes of information to review, which was impossible to accomplish within the short time frame they had been assigned before the trial.

Lyn Ulbricht also voiced her support for her son, whom she believes got on the wrong end of an unfair sentencing. She sent an email to Motherboard, saying that for one to receive such impetuous sentencing based on evidence that is inconsistent at best is something she considers “a travesty of justice.”

Ross Ulbricht continues to serve his life sentence in prison.

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Silk Road 3.0 – Back Online and Open For Business

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Silk Road 3 has come back from the grave! The third iteration of the famous brand darknet market has surprised everyone and returned from the ashes and is open for business.

It appears that Silk Road brand has been on a bumpy road in its journey to deliver a free and open marketplace – every marketplace on the Deep Web trying to replicate the success of the original SR doesn’t last. The last that was thought to suffer from that fate was Silk Road 3.0 earlier this year. Round the end of January.

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It went down reportedly on account of some maintenance issues, after being DDoS attacked on several occasions. Of course, this stirred a lot of emotions and speculations among the users, and some have even gone so far as to claim the Silk Road 3.0 performed an exit scam on its users. Well, can’t you blame them – as it is so often the case.

Anyway, apparently people that thought that it was just a plain exit scam couldn’t be more wrong, because believe it or not – Silk Road 3.0 has been re-launched and running since Saturday, May 7th. Personally, I believe this must be a precedent of some sorts because – no Silk Road that had ever gone down for that long and for any reason, has ever come back online!

Another interesting fact is that Silk Road 3.0 and Crypto Market are both run by the same admins. Even earlier than when Silk Road 3.0 went down, Crypto Market went down for security upgrades as well and came back again. And, in the last couple of months – Crypto Market has become one of the most secure markets on the Deep Web.

If judging by the market’s admins, we are to expect an even more secure SR 3.0; perhaps even the safest marketplace on the entire Deep Web! Allegedly, admins have lost a ton of coins, from lost revenue when they took the website down, but the only conclusion we could draw from this whole affair is that they apparently value their users’ security more than quick cash. This is a very good indication of the intentions of the admins.

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Silk Road Here to Stay
According to the recent, quite dramatic, events on the Deep Web, the Silk Road brand is still far from dead. We have been witnesses of many Silk Roads coming and going; yet it is still THE most popular market name on the Darknet.

Just as a reminder, the original Silk Road was created by Ross Ulbricht, Dread Pirate Roberts, who took drug related ‘business’ to a whole new level and gave wings to hundreds of Darknet Markets that appeared soon after his own.

Ulbricht was a man of principle (or so people say) – he didn’t allow child pornography or weapons on his market, and the users appreciated this. Perhaps this is the reason it is so well loved.
After his arrest and downfall of the original market, many have tried to re-create the success he had achieved using the name Silk Road; so much, so it became a brand. We saw SR 2.0 (created and run by the rest of Ulbricht’s team), Silk Road Reloaded, etc.

It just goes to show that it will be impossible to kill the Silkroad brand; it has become an idea, a community, a following; and not just a mere website or marketplace everyone is nostalgic about.
We have already gotten used to SR setting standards on the Deep Web; and since this must be the very first silkroad market that came back from the dead – we believe it’s safe to say that we are to expect new levels in standards regarding users’ safety from this Silk Road 3.0.

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Man Imported Ecstasy Pills Via The Silk Road Site Imprisoned

ANNOUNCEMENT: Since the Silk Road 2.0 bust by the feds a few other Darknet Markets have fallen. Silk Road 3 is up and running with a big selection of goods.

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Hayden Ross Bacon, aged 22, a residence of Hamilton has been sentenced to two years and seven months behind bars by the Hamilton District Court on Wednesday. The man had pleaded guilty last month to one of the representative cases in which he was accused of importing ecstasy drug. He was further charged with supplying the drug together with the importation of a psychoactive drug substance. MDMA (3, 4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) popularly known as Ecstasy is a psychoactive drug that is similar to both hallucinogen mescaline and amphetamine. The drug gives one the feeling of energy, euphoria, empathy towards others, emotional warmth and distortion in time perception and sensory. The drug is illegal in many countries and is sold through the black market.

Auckland District CourtIn Auckland District Court, Bacon pleaded guilty to the charge of being in possession with pseudoephedrine that he intended to supply. The drug is a pharmacy-only drug that is intended for use in relieving congestion in the nose that is caused by allergies, colds and hay fever. The drug is a well-known ingredient used in the manufacture of the drug P. Evidence that was availed to the court indicated that Bacon placed an order of these tablets from the Silk Road website that is currently defunct. A total of twenty of the pills he ordered were sent from Netherlands to New Zealand concealed in a pair of greeting cards. Other eleven were put in an envelope and sent to a different location. He also imported 20 more pills disguised as chewing gum as they were packed in a packet that contained chewing gums.

Judge Robert SpearThe case was presided over by Judge Robert Spear, asserted that the man acquired the drugs with an aim of reselling them in an open market with an aim of making profits. Still from the Silk Road, the man was accused of buying a soluble strip of a psychoactive substance whose nature the court had not yet established. On two other cases, the man was accused of purchasing some HDMA from Hamilton on two other separate cases.

There had been a total of eight importations organized by Bacon involving pseudoephedrine that have been intercepted by law enforcers between July and October 2013. The court heard that in one of these occasions, Bacon visited a Courier Post depot office and signed for a packet that contained drugs and delivered it to another person. Although the quantity of drugs involved was not established, the court was told that they must have been more than a kilogram.

Bacon’s dealing with the drugs shocked his family, relatives and close friends as they all registered shock when they heard the news. They indicated that he never showed signs of being involved in drug and no one would have suspected him.

When pressing the charges, the judge said that Bacon had made a deliberate decision to use the Silk Road, a website widely known for facilitating the illegal trade, to purchase and supply drugs.

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Mt. Gox Former CEO Re-Arrested

ANNOUNCEMENT: Since the Silk Road 2.0 bust by the feds a few other Darknet Markets have fallen. Silk Road 3 is up and running with a big selection of goods.

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Mt. Gox CEO Mark KarpelesJapanese police have re-arrested the former Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles as their investigation into the disappearance of millions of dollars’ worth of Bitcoin from the now defunct Bitcoin exchange continues. According to local reports, the police believe that they now have adequate evidence to accuse Mark Karpeles of embezzlement. He is accused of misappropriating $2.6 million worth of deposits from the trading accounts of Mt. Gox clients.

Mark Karpeles, 30, had previously been arrested by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department on charges of fraudulently manipulating the cryptocurrency system of Mt. Gox and inflating the bitcoin balance in fake accounts; under Japanese law a suspect can be held legally for up to 23 days without any formal charges being laid, hence the need for Mark Karpeles to be re-arrested on a new charge.

The re-arrest will prolong a process that is known informally to the prosecutors and police as shomusen – a “war of attrition” which is waged by investigators who are seeking to obtain a confession from a detainee. Mr Karpelès lawyer has said that his client denied the initial charges and has not confessed under questioning.

Along with a substantial portion of the money alleged to have been used to buy software rights on behalf of Mt. Gox, one of the misappropriation accusations appertains to Mr. Karpeles buying a $48,000 bed that the police say was intended for his own use.

Mark Karpeles lawyer has denied the allegations and has said that the deposits were used for investments in new ventures and the bed was bought as an interior decoration for his house, both of which were meant as marketing tools to advertise the use of bitcoins. The lawyer added that in spite of the long period of detention, the fact that the investigators have only been able to come up with only these few reasons to make their case for misappropriation is evidence that Mr. Karpeles wasn’t involved for his own personal reasons in the disappearance of hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of bitcoin.

The now defunct, Mt. Gox had initially said that it had lost 750,000 bitcoins belonging to clients and another 100,000 bitcoins of its own. In March 2014, Mr. Karpelès said the company found 200,000 of the bitcoins, leaving the total loss at 650,000 ($400 – 420 million at that time). Mark Karpelès had claimed that the proven corrupted Federal agents – Carl Mark Force IV and Shaun Bridges – were responsible for killing Mt. Gox and they had records of all the transactions that were made between them and the operator of Silk Road, Dread Pirate Roberts. Nevertheless, suspicions of the fraudulent Mt. Gox accounts prompted the investigators to believe that some of the missing bitcoins could be fake.

BitcoinsBefore its shutdown, Mt. Gox was the biggest virtual currency exchange in the industry, handling 70 percent of all Bitcoin transactions. Nearly one year before its shutdown, the company started suspending withdrawals in US currency. After many more suspensions and delays, Mr. Karpeles announced that the company was bankrupt, and the exchange would close in February 2014, leaving most users empty handed. Investigations from the Tokyo police began immediately after the announcement and Mr. Karpeles has remained in Japan since the shutdown, fearing US extradition and criminal charges. During the Silk Road trial the Department of Homeland Security revealed that that had suspected Mark Karpeles of operating the Silk Road online black market just a few months before settling instead on Ross Ulbricht (a.k.a. the “Dread Pirate Roberts”), who was sentenced to life in prison for being the Silk Road Mastermind.

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The Mysterious Dark Web

ANNOUNCEMENT: Since the Silk Road 2.0 bust by the feds a few other Darknet Markets have fallen. The best Darknet Market available is the Agora Marketplace. It has the best reputation and a bigger selection of goods than Silk Road 2.0.

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For most people, the dark web is a place of intrigue and mystery. It is where the villains and shady dealers of the Internet congregate, a place wherein the trade of the illicit and the illegal is the main order of the day… every day. Stolen credit cards, fake documents, dangerous drugs, weapons, murderers-for-hire, and pornography of unspeakable magnitude – all of these can be found with just one click away.

Dark Web

It’s easy to see why the “dark web” has gotten such an infamous reputation as it has right now. For one thing, most of the things mentioned above are somewhat true. The Silk Road was a prominent marketplace on this network that leaned on such kind of illegal trade. Silk Road was eventually shuttered down by the FBI after its founder, Ross Ulbricht (Dread Pirate Roberts), was caught.

Accessing Dark Web Content and Marketplaces like the Silk Road

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In a nutshell, the dark web is a network of websites and online content that require special browsing software to access. As such, the websites on the network are inaccessible to “normal” search engines like Google and Bing. Dark web content can’t also be viewed through normal browsers. It’s basically a no-holds barred, free-for-all version of the internet that most people use. There are no regulations to be followed, no censorship, and no surveillance to be worried about (especially if one is particularly careful about how he/ she browse dark web content).

One kind of service that allows people access to dark web content is the Tor (The Onion Router) Network. What this network does is scramble a user’s IP address over a series of “relays” all over the world, thus making everything untraceable. Should one want to browse the Silk Road and other illicit marketplaces online, user’s Internet traffic and IP address will be passed through these relays for so many times, that it is nearly impossible to trace the traffic back to the user.

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Silk Road Fall – Will It Also Leads To Other Site’s Demise?

ANNOUNCEMENT: Since the Silk Road 2.0 bust by the feds a few other Darknet Markets have fallen. The best Darknet Market available is the Agora Marketplace. It has the best reputation and a bigger selection of goods than Silk Road 2.0.

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Ross UlbrichtRoss Ulbricht, the mastermind of Silk Road black market, has been sentenced to life imprisonment without parole by a Manhattan federal court for creating the anonymous online illegal marketplace. He was labeled a criminal profiteer and a drug dealer and the government was unequivocal in saying that “a message should be sent out clearly that no individual is above the law.”

Silk Road allowed users to carry out illegal business anonymously by use of a mix of sophisticated privacy technologies to hide the identity of users from the law enforcement. Just like other black market sites, Bitcoin was being used to carry out all the transactions due to the pseudonymity it affords.

FBI insisted that Dread Pirate Roberts made mistakes that enabled detectives to discover his location and identity. The subsequent black markets were also brought down through similar errors. However, the explanations and evidence given by the investigators in court were not sufficiently convincing. This lead to speculations that the investigators used malware or enlisted NSA to assist track down the site together with its users within Tor.

It’s well known that users of Tor are vulnerable at the point where traffic enters and exits the Tor software. But, it is believed that it’s quite impossible to track its users within the network. However, if there is a good basis to the idea that detectives enlisted the assistance of NSA or used malware to bring down the site, it may be possible to uncover the real IP addresses of the Tor network users.

This would stop any chances of new black markets and would also inevitably lead to demise and prosecution of several other illegal sites that operates within the dark web. But, on the other hand, the lack of action by authorities suggests that this may not be the case.

Blake BenthallWhile the Silk Road and most of its immediate successors are gone, suggestion that the technology supporting these sites is flawed is based on speculation that NSA or the FBI have cracked them. If claims by the FBI that Blake Benthall, the mastermind of Silk Road 2.0 and Ulbricht were arrested due to their mistakes are sincere, then it is still possible for similar sites to escape demise in future.

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Former Bitcoin Executive Sentenced To Two Years In Jail

If you want to visit the Silk Road 2.0 then you will want to know that it was shut down by the feds on 5th November 2014 and the alleged operator “Defcon” has been arrested. The best alternative is Agora Marketplace, it actually has more listings than Silk Road 2.0. Silk Road 3.0 is ALREADY live and there will be more info about it here soon.

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Charlie Schrem

Charlie Schrem, the former CEO of bitcoin exchange Bit Instant, a former Bitcoin Foundation vice chairman, and one of the biggest bitcoin advocates, received a two year federal prison sentence on Friday, December 19, for his role in helping to facilitate the conversion of over $1 million, into bitcoins, which were used to trade on the Silk Road, an online drug black market.

Schrem was charged with helping to send money on behalf of an illegal bitcoin trader in January, after the FBI shut down the first Silk Road, an online bazaar, where people could buy drugs, as well as goods and services anonymously. The investigation revealed that Schrem had helped Robert Faiella, also known as BTCKing, who was an illegal bitcoin trader out of Florida, trade over $1 million for bitcoins, which were eventually used to trade on the Silk Road.

BitcoinsIn addition to the two year sentence, presiding judge Jed Rakoff, ordered Schrem to pay a fine of $950,000, after he pleaded guilty to helping Faiella convert cash into bitcoins illegally, in September. Prior to the sentencing, Schrem was facing a maximum five year sentence, with the probation office recommending that he serves a 57 month term. His lawyers tried to argue that Schrem’s actions were that of a young man who didn’t know any better, while the prosecutors argued that Schrem was aware that his actions promoted drug trafficking, but didn’t care.

Schrem also tried to convince the judge not to sentence him to prison, by admitting that he screwed up, and that his arrest has scared a lot of people in the bitcoin trading community straight, and that there is no more illegal activity or money laundering going on. He also told the judge that he would be better off staying out of prison, so he can be out there to make sure that others don’t make the same mistakes that he did. Judge Rakoff didn’t buy the defense’s excuse that Schrem was a young man that didn’t know any better, saying that Schrem excitedly participated in a crime that involved serious violations of the law.

After sentencing on Friday, Schrem was given 90 days to turn himself in, for his prison term, which will begin in March.

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Silk Road Shut Down!

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Silk Road anonymous marketplace was shut down on the end of September 2013. The FBI have arrested a man they believe to be the mastermind behind the biggest online illegal drug website that have ever existed and the site has been shut down. The site was apparently only shut down due to the arrest and not because of the system security. It is believed the mastermind known as Dread Pirate Roberts slipped up while posting programming questions on forums not being anonymous. I am not going to name the accused because i believe in “innocent until proven guilty” but you can find names and photos on the net easily. He is being charged with drug charges and possibly murder for hire charges among others.  If you try to visit the silk road you will see this screen.

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While Silk Road has been flourishing there have been a few other sites come up the ranks and now that the market leader is gone there is going to be a big move made by the up and comers. The next biggest player now is Black Market Reloaded which is very similar and you can click here for a complete step by step guide on how to get to Black Market Reloaded and stay anonymous. I would like to highlight the point that it was apparently old fashioned police work and a slip up that brought Silk Road down, if you are doing anything on any of these sites you need to take every precaution possible to avoid detection and not just while you are visiting these underground black markets. Stay anonymous as much as you can while doing anything on the internet so you don’t slip up.

 

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