If you want to visit 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 Silkroad 2.0. Silk Road 3.0 is ALREADY live and there will be more info about it here soon.
In early November, 2014, the US federal agents in conjunction with law enforcement agencies from other countries across the globe carried out an operation that led to the seizure of Silkroad 2.0 among other dark net bazaars. Reports emerging after the worldwide law enforcement sting named’ Operation Onymous’ now reveal that the core server that hosted Silkroad 2.0 was located in Lithuania. The FBI says they came across this information through their undercover agent who had infiltrated Silkroad and served in the site’s core management ranks since its inception in October 2013.
The FBI further says this information became apparent in May 2014. From then, the agency asked the Lithuanian authorities to make copies of the data available in the server to be used in forensic investigations. To successfully clone a copy of the available data, the Lithuanian law enforcement agencies had to take down the servers. Silkroad 2.0’s administrator is said to have panicked as a result of this anomaly. While communicating with the Internet service provider on how to rectify the situation, he did provide information that revealed the server’s name along with other important information.
The FBI equated the data the Lithuanian law enforcement agents sent to a ‘gold mine’. This information included private encryption keys for Silkroad 2.0 as well as private communication between the website administrator ‘Defcon’ and the site’s former administrator Dead Pirate Roberts 2. The private conversations centered on administrative issues like profit sharing schemes from Silkroad 2.0 commissions among the key conspirators as well as prior arrests of past moderators of the website.
Aside from Silkroad 2.0, this burst also led to the closure of three other online drug bazaars as well as a suspected scam site. Other countries that were involved in this operation included Bulgaria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Latvia, Ireland, Romania, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Luxembourg, France, Germany and the United Kingdom.