Yes you heard right, Silk Road is back online after just over one month down. In late September 2013 the alleged mastermind of the original Silk Road Anonymous marketplace was arrested in San Francisco at a coffee shop going about his business. Well it took the various government agencies over two and a half years to shut the biggest online black market down and a ton of money but the Silk Road Marketplace is back online after only around 5 weeks down. To even rub it in the noses of the authorities that shut down the original they have made the login screen a copy of the one put up by the US Federal Government when they were boasting about closing it with a slight change as seen bellow.
Some of you may be asking “How can Silk Road be back up if the alleged creator is behind bars?” The answer is quite simple. A group of the best sellers and original administrator of the site banded together and put a lot of hard work into creating a new and improved version of the original Silk Road. They have endeavored to make it more secure and friendlier by supporting various charities and programs while also trying to beef up security and counter measures.
One of the big improvements to the system is a safe guard for user’s bitcoins in the event of another shut down due to the government seizing the site. They have programmed in a way for you to retrieve your bitcoins on the unfortunate event of the new Silk Road being busted and shut down.
One of the biggest obstacles for the new Silk Road will be to win back its previous users, especially those who lost bitcoins in the shutdown. Since the demise of original site there have been many new black market websites try to take the throne including Black Market Reloaded, Atlantis, Project Black Flag and Sheep to name a few. Atlantis and Project Black Flag were both short lived and also took everyones bitcoins which instilled even more of a sense of untrustworthiness to the sites as those who lost out in the demise of the original Silk Road then also see the same thing happen to others on competing sites.
The biggest new online black market site that has stood up the most is Black Market Reloaded as it has proven so far to be reliable and the size of the marketplace is the largest of the new sites. The one big draw back for BMR is that it had a big security breach in October where someone published some of its source code and the site was thought to have gone down until the creator thought that it was fixable so it went back online. This also has made many people think weather this site will leave them vulnerable one day which does not really instill a sense of security. An added downside is the unrestriction of items sold on BMR which Silk Road will hold the moral high ground on this point as it does not allow the sale of weapons, child porn and many other seedy goods.
Now that Silk Road has re-emerged with an increased security, better morals and a way for users to get their money back if the site gets shut down again I think that this will soon become the biggest online black market drugs bazaar once again. If you want to see the guide on how to get to the new Silk Road then just click here.