Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison Without Parole

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Ross Ulbricht

News has emerged that the founder of the Silk Road website, Ross Ulbricht, has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the role that he played in creating one of the most infamous websites to have ever existed anywhere on the Internet. This was a website that was at the heart of the online drugs trade as well as containing classified ads for a number of other highly illegal activities between 2011 and when it was closed down by the FBI some three years later.

During that time it is alleged that Ulbricht personally made in the region of $18 million while the website facilitated the sale of hundreds of millions of dollars in goods, but now that stands for nothing with him locked up behind bars for the rest of his life. His charges? Guilty of computer hacking, money laundering, and drug trafficking and all due to various classified ads that appeared on his website from people around the world.

Ross William Ulbricht and Joshua DratelThe site itself was relatively well known for some time and indeed it could be argued that it was one of the most famous websites to have emerged from what is known as the Deep Web. This is a part of the Internet that was actually generated by people such as the CIA, but which has now been exploited by criminal masterminds around the world. The key thing with the website is that it offers you a high degree of anonymity allowing you to take part in various activities with you being virtually untraceable.

We say virtually untraceable as Ulbricht himself has become a classic example of what can still happen to you even if you do take part in various activities on the Dark Net. In order to access the website you have to go through something called TOR and it bounces your location all over the globe so that nobody knows where you really are. This has actually been used by activists and journalists in various countries to great effect, but it has also been exploited by those that wish to commit crimes.

In the case of Ulbricht, he was guilty of creating his own downfall after posting his email address on a normal forum linked to the online virtual currency called Bitcoin. This then led to his arrest in a library in San Francisco after some clever detective work from analysts in the US linked that email to an account name that had been promoting Silk Road elsewhere.

But what does all of this mean for the Internet? Well, there are some that argue he should not have been jailed as he merely created and hosted a website that others then exploited, but there is still the small matter of him earning a substantial sum of money from the website. He may not have been directly involved in the drugs trade, but he provided dealers with the vehicle that allowed them to carry out their trade with less expectation of law enforcement agencies beating down their door.

The sentence handed down to Ulbricht, in many peoples eyes, is extremely harsh. Killers, rapists and and pedophiles get a second chance at life but make a website that is a market for drugs that are currently illegal and you go away and will never see the free world again. These are the risks that the owners of these websites face.

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Dread Pirate Roberts Goes On Trial

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Ross Ulbricht When he graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2008, Ross William Ulbricht lost his divine interest in physics and chemicals and decided to engage in libertarianism; an economic theory promoting the abolishment of coercion and aggression among people. That is why he decided to create an economic simulation with the intention of giving people first-hand experience of what the world would be without complete use of force.

Ross Ulbricht alias Dread Pirate Roberts (a character in The Princess Bride) is the alleged owner and manager of an anonymous narcotics marketplace that has recently caught every headline – the Silk Road. It was fully encrypted as well as completely anonymous thanks to Bitcoin, which is impossible to crack and the main reason why the concept managed to stand beyond any government regulation – until in October 2013 when the Silk Road alleged kingpin was arrested. Bitcoin has since been put under scrutiny as the peer-to-peer anonymous currency that was used to promote criminal activity on Ulbricht’s site.

Since its inception in 2011, the Silk Road is said to have generated close to $1.2billion in annual sales. Before its closure, the Dread Pirate received $80million in commission just by running the site. He was later arrested following accusations on money laundering, conspiracy to traffic fraudulent IDs, narcotics trafficking and computer hacking, with a maximum sentence of up to life imprisonment. The most serious accusation among all these is taking part in “continuing criminal enterprise” also known as “the kingpin status”– a charge mostly reserved for top members of organized gangs including mafia bosses.

With the trial set to begin on 13 January in a New York courtroom, the verdict could turn out to be a legal landmark as many are eager to see how online crimes are investigated and punished. If Ross is actually found guilty, this could see online retailers such as eBay remain to be responsible for every item sold by its users. It could also lead to a shift of the paradigm where webmasters will be held responsible for any content shared over their pages by the vast network of internet users. Ross would become the first person in history to be sentenced in a court of law for crimes committed by other users of his website.

Ross Ulbricht on CourtRoss being sentenced based on the actions of Silk Road users would “put a chill on the internet”, this is according to Ulbricht’s mother Lyn who has taken the initiative of protesting against all charges directed to her son by fronting the “Free Ross” campaign that has so far raised donations worth $335,000. The parents together with 25 family members managed to raise a million dollars but the sitting Juge Katherine Forrest refused to grant bail and Ulbricht has since been held in Brooklyn jail.

Fortunately for Ross, the murder-for-hire allegations where it is alleged he paid undercover officers bitcoins totalling up to $500,000 to kill his enemies are not included in the original indictment but instead listed as surplusage (not formal charges) due to lack of evidence and therefore require no proof. January 13, 2015 is the date set for the commencement of the Silk Road trial.

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