It was a matter of days ago that it was widely reported that the illegal Silk Road 2.0 had been hacked, which resulted in the theft of at least 4,400 BTC. The owner of new Silk Road recently posted on the site’s Tor forums that a total of 3 different hackers had managed to exploit a transaction bug to acquire the BTC from the site. “Defcon”, the website’s creator, estimated that 47% of every SR user had lost their account funds.
Details on the current and past situation have been vague, largely due to the fact that information on the Deepweb can be lacking in reputability. The nature and secrecy of the way such illegal sites operate means that publicly available statistics are almost non-existent.
The timing of the Silk Road 2.0 theft was just around the same time that Mt. Gox (the world’s biggest bitcoin exchange) was also hacked and $400 million worth of bitcoins was stolen. This seems to back up the admins statements that the bitcoins were stolen and it was not an inside job.
This event is the second time that Silk Road users have lost their funds, the last being when they were seized in the FBI take down of SR 1.0. But this time, the owner has claimed that 2.0 users will be reimbursed with their funds that were taken during the hack. The administration team will apparently receive no commissions until everyone’s been refunded, and they’ll maintain high levels of transparency about their progress.
The marketplace will continue, this time as no-escrow. A 5% commission will be charged on all items which will be instantly transferred to victims’ balances after payment.
Whilst there’s users that are overjoyed at the news of their possible refund, there’s also no lack of skepticism within the community. Some people feel that they are being forced in to using the new SR 2.0 to get their money back. The allegations made that the theft of 4000+ Bitcoins might have been committed by the site administration itself has resulted in some doubt for victims and users of the site alike. “Defcon” has made a statement to say that the investigation is ongoing and that every sign shows that the hack wasn’t performed by site staff.