ANNOUNCEMENT: Well it has happened! Another Silk Road Darknet Market has spawned after the demise of Silkroad 2.0. The new site is called Silkroad Reloaded and is utilizing different technology than its predecessors therefore a new guide for Silkroad Reloaded will be coming soon. In the meantime Agora Marketplace is still alive and kicking bigger than ever with more listings than Silkroad 2.0.
The continued efforts of law enforcement against Silkroad 2.0 have notched another victory as they have now arrested the supposed second-in-command of the site, Brian Farrell in Seattle. Silkroad 2.0, a revitalized version of the illegal goods trafficking site shut down 2013, was itself shut down late last year. Now with Farrell facing serious drug charges, it appears as though the most powerful members of the organization are going to be behind bars.
Farrell, known on Silkroad 2.0 as DoctorClu, is facing charges for the intention of distributing several illicit drugs such as heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine through the site. He outlined his role on the site, being quoted as saying that “You are not going to find much of a bigger fish than me”, an apparent reference with his connection with the alleged head of Silkroad 2.0, Blake Benthall. Benthall, whose screen name on the forums was Defcon, was taken into custody in November 2014.
The federal government, hoping to discourage other sites like this from going into operation, has been rather open about the steps that they took to get their hands on Brian Farrell. The FBI was able to convince a source within the site to feed them an IP address that was shown to have accessed the vendor section of Silkroad 2.0. This means that the individual who operated at this address had to have administrator or moderator access to the site. The FBI followed the leads through until they managed to get a cooperating witness, a person who was a roommate with Farrell. This individual gave the feds the information that they needed for finding out more about Farrell’s Silkroad operations before securing his arrest.
Farrell’s arrest is the second in connection with the black market site Silkroad 2.0., which was shut down by the FBI in November 2014 as part of Operation Onymous.