Silk Road

*Silk Road was an online Black Market, best known as a platform for selling illegal drugs (War On Drugs). As part of the Dark Web,[7] it was operated as a TOR Hidden Service, such that online users were able to browse it anonymously and securely without potential traffic monitoring. The website was launched in February 2011; development had begun six months prior.

In 2013, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) shut down the website[12] and arrested Ross William Ulbricht (Ross Ulbricht) under charges of being the site's pseudonymous founder "DreadPirateRoberts".[4] On 6 November 2013, Silk Road 2.0 came online, run by former administrators of Silk Road.[13] It too was shut down and the alleged operator was arrested on 6 November 2014 as part of the so-called "Operation Onymous”. Ulbricht was convicted of all seven charges in U.S. Federal Court in Manhattan relating to Silk Road and was sentenced to life in prison.[14] Further charges alleging murder-for-hire remain pending in Maryland.

The government also accused Ulbricht of paying for the murders of at least five people, but there is no evidence the murders were actually carried out, and the accusations never became formal charges against Ulbricht.

In late March 2015 a criminal complaint issued by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California led to the arrest of two former federal agents who had worked undercover in the Baltimore Silk Road investigation of Ulbricht. *

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