The head of the Silk Road, Dread Pirate Roberts, has taken some initiative and don’t a full scale upgrade of security and redundancy to protect the site, users and users bitcoins from hackers and the authorities.
This comes at a time when users of these online black market sites are feeling extremely vulnerable because the closure of the two main competitors Black Market Reloaded and Sheep Marketplace. These both closed and people lost a ton of money in the closure.
The new upgrades to Silk Road have been based around making the site more secure and trying to safeguard against closure by the authorities. Apparently Dread Pirate Roberts has set up a fail over system by uploading portions of the site to hundreds of servers around the world so if one goes down or is seized by the authorities then it can go straight back within minutes as if it never went down at all. It is almost like having splinter cells set up everywhere so even if they think they took one down then another is straight back up and in its place. Dread pirate Roberts wrote “They have sunken one ship, but now they have awoken the Kraken”
As some people are probably aware that some other sites where actually the ones closing themselves down and running with the money so they are probably thinking that they could just do the same, well they could but I doubt it. The reason I say this is that as they are now the biggest online black market in the world again, virtually no competitors, have the best reputation, the most morals, the best security ever now seen in one of these sites and a massive community they stand to make far more money by staying open than anything we have ever seen before. It will dwarf any previous site.